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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?

Richest Hill Nora Saks

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    • 4.9 • 304 Ratings

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?

    Richest Hill Episode 10: We Wear Butte Proudly On Our Skin

    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.

    • 57 min
    Richest Hill Episode 09: Butte Never Says Die!

    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.

    • 50 min
    Like 'Richest Hill'? Check Out 'Shared State'

    Like 'Richest Hill'? Check Out 'Shared State'

    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.

    • 2 min
    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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
304 Ratings

304 Ratings

Daispy101 ,

A fascinating backstory

Want to understand how a town deals with a legacy of industrial heritage that includes massive pollution? This is for you.

Want to understand how Superfund was supposed to work and how it actually works? This is for you.

Want to know what links Butte Montana with the plot to overthrow the Chilean government? This is for you.

Want to learn how corporations battle their own workers and destroy themselves? This is for you.

PianogirlGHG ,

Inspired me to make audio

Hey, I heard this podcast and not only wanted to visit Butte, but felt compelled to pursue my own stories, ideas and curiosities. It is wonderful to hear how Nora takes a journey and brings us into the world of this small town. It’s a beautiful listening experience and an awesome show.

SheaMMMMM ,

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!

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