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.
Richest Hill Episode 10: We Wear Butte Proudly On Our Skin
Right after talking to a psychic about my own path and Butte’s, I felt comforted. It felt good to let someone else take the wheel for a while, you know? But that comfort turned out to be temporary. Soon, those vague answers about the future only gave birth to more questions. It got me wondering, is it really possible for a town that was built on extraction to experience a complete paradigm shift - towards reclamation and renewal? What does moving on from a toxic mess of this magnitude even mean?
Richest Hill Episode 09: Butte Never Says Die!
The core of the Superfund deal itself, and how it proposes to solve Butte’s lingering environmental problems forever, is really important and complicated, both legally and technically. And no wonder. Three levels of government — the county, state and feds — plus a former oil company, all had to settle their differences, and agree on how to clean up, once and for all, the rest of the environmental bust left behind by Butte’s historic copper mining boom. So today, we’re gonna try to get our arms
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Hi all, Richest Hill host Nora Saks here. I wanted to pop in real quick to let you know that episode 9, which we're calling 'Butte never says die,' is almost done and will be out very soon. In the mean time, I want to tell you about another podcast coming your way. It's called Shared State and it's a collaboration between Montana Public Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio and Montana Free Press. It's the first time we're all doing something together like this, and it's worth your time.
Richest Hill Episode 08: The Art Of The Superfund Deal
Recently, we let the cat out of the bag and told you that Butte’s Superfund parties reached a very big deal ; one that will clean up the Mining City forever. That sounds like good news, and I hope it is. But as someone who lives right in the heart of a Superfund megasite, lately I’ve been experiencing some cognitive dissonance. During his reign, President Trump has radically transformed the Environmental Protection Agency. I haven’t known how to square the EPA's cheerleading on Superfund with
Richest Hill Episode 07: The Possibilities Are Endless, And The Choice Is Ours
After reporting on Superfund for several years, it’s obvious to me that everyone here wants the best possible cleanup for their town. And, there are very different definitions of what that means. A lot of folks in Butte are fired up about bringing a stretch of the long-dead Silver Bow Creek back to life. And on the surface, I get it. Superfund is huge and complicated, full of thousands of pages of technical documents, and abstract legal requirements like water quality standards. Whereas a
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.
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Educational and engaging!
Extremely educational and helpful for folks who want to learn more about Butte, its superfund history, and why Butte is special. Nora did her homework and has become an endearing, trusted teller of Butte’s tale! Well done!
Good job Nora. Thanks for the spotlight. Though it spotlights more than just Butte. Living in Moab we also deal with a massive super fund of Uranium, so I appreciate it.
My favorite podcast
Love the topic, host and style of this podcast!