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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.

    Richest Hill Episode 08: The Art Of The Superfund Deal

    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

    • 48 min
    Richest Hill Episode 07: The Possibilities Are Endless, And The Choice Is Ours

    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

    • 49 min
    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

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My science teacher is having us listen to this in my environmental science class! We’ve only listened to the first episode in class, but it was really interesting, so I’m back. Can’t wait to learn more :)

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