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If you don’t know Butte Montana, you might have heard it’s one of the biggest toxic messes in the country. But now the “Mining City” is on the verge of sealing a deal that could clean it up once and for all. So how did we get here? What comes after Superfund? And who gets to decide? Find out now on Richest Hill, a single-season podcast from Montana Public Radio.

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If you don’t know Butte Montana, you might have heard it’s one of the biggest toxic messes in the country. But now the “Mining City” is on the verge of sealing a deal that could clean it up once and for all. So how did we get here? What comes after Superfund? And who gets to decide? Find out now on Richest Hill, a single-season podcast from Montana Public Radio.

    EPA To Announce Final Butte Cleanup Deal

    EPA To Announce Final Butte Cleanup Deal

    This season on Richest Hill you’ve been hearing all about what mining meant for Butte, the toxic legacy it left behind, and about sprawling efforts to clean it up that have spanned more than 30 years. And this week, something big is gonna happen.

    • 2 min
    Richest Hill Episode 06: Our Most Cherished Beliefs

    Richest Hill Episode 06: Our Most Cherished Beliefs

    After more than 30 years in limbo without a final cleanup agreement, the ink is drying on Butte’s big Superfund deal as we speak. What it means and why it matters has everything to do with what played out when Superfund came to Montana’s Mining City. So today we’re asking: back in those early days of Superfund, who were the players, and what was the game? This is episode 06: Our Most Cherished Beliefs .

    • 52 min
    Richest Hill Episode 05: Out Of The Frying Pan, Into The Fire

    Richest Hill Episode 05: Out Of The Frying Pan, Into The Fire

    From Evel Knievel to a 'Great Flood' and on to the dawning of the Superfund era, Episode 5 looks at the origins of the government program designed to force whoever made the mess to clean it up.

    • 37 min
    Richest Hill Episode 04: We Gave It To The Pit

    Richest Hill Episode 04: We Gave It To The Pit

    I live a mile away from the Berkeley Pit, the mile by mile and a half wide former open-pit mine, which is now filled with a 50 billion gallon toxic lake. Every time I visit, I leave hyper aware of the contradictions and compromises that go hand in glove with industrialization. I find myself wondering: who thought chiseling a colossal hole in the Earth was a good idea, and why? So today, let’s take a dive, figuratively, into open pit mining and some controversial decisions made late last century

    • 41 min
    Richest Hill: Behind The Scenes With Butte Artist BT Livermore

    Richest Hill: Behind The Scenes With Butte Artist BT Livermore

    We're hard at work on episode 4 of Richest Hill , and still covering lots of Superfund news in Butte right now. In the mean time, meet one of the artists who's contributed to this project behind the scenes. BT Livermore,"maker of things and provider of services," designed the Richest Hill logo, and does lots of other creative work in the Mining City. He explains the thinking behind the logo, and why he feels a sense of hope in Butte.

    • 9 min
    Richest Hill Episode 03: First And Last Warning

    Richest Hill Episode 03: First And Last Warning

    In August 1917, Frank Little was the victim of a grisly murder in Butte. Little was a labor organizer who came to Butte to unify and radicalize Butte’s miners in their fight against the Anaconda Mining Company for higher wages and safer working conditions. Most historians believe that the Anaconda Company was behind Little’s killing, but no one knows for sure. A note pinned to his underwear threatened, "Others take notice: first and last warning," along with the numbers 3-7-77, the calling card

    • 35 min

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