New Berkeley Pit website launched by Public Education Committee

2013-09-23T10:47:00Z 2013-09-26T16:09:06Z New Berkeley Pit website launched by Public Education CommitteeMontana Standard The Billings Gazette
September 23, 2013 10:47 am  • 

BUTTE — The Berkeley Pit Public Education Committee has launched a new website, www.pitwatch.org.

It includes background information on Superfund and environmental issues related to the Berkeley Pit and updates about site management.

For those interested in diving deeper into the Berkeley Pit, the site also offers scientific information, technical and legal documents that govern Berkeley Pit management, links to other groups and agencies involved in cleanup, frequently asked questions and answers, and more. Visitors can also comment on Berkeley Pit articles and information and quickly and easily submit questions about the pit.

A presentation on the new website will be held at the Butte Council of Commissioners meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the courthouse, 155 W. Granite St.

Local residents make up half of the volunteer education committee, with other members drawn from entities directly involved with the pit.

The committee’s work is staffed by Butte-Silver Bow County and funded by Atlantic Richfield (also known as BP-ARCO) and Montana Resources as part of their responsibilities under the EPA Superfund Record of Decision for the Berkeley Pit site.

The new website was developed by Red Mountain Communications of Butte. The committee has published print editions of PitWatch since 1994 to educate Butte residents, students and visitors about the Berkeley Pit and related issues.

The committee welcomes questions and comments.

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