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Water problem springs up at Chico Hot Springs

Water problem springs up at Chico Hot Springs

In a time where aquifers across Montana are drying up, the source at Chico Hot Springs resort is more abundant than ever, but that has officials worried about contamination.

September 24, 2014 6:00 amLoading…
DEQ fines subdivisions for Water Quality Act violations

DEQ fines subdivisions for Water Quality Act violations

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has recommended a fine of $50,682 to two West End subdivisions.

September 11, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Let the demolition begin — soon

Let the demolition begin — soon

Billings Public Library Director Bill Cochran is laying 50-50 odds that the parking lot will indeed be constructed on the site of the old Parmly Billings Library before cold temperatures this fall preclude the laying of asphalt.

August 15, 2014 9:00 pmLoading…
Gazette opinion: Don’t waste another day on library demolition

Gazette opinion: Don’t waste another day on library demolition

Last week, The Gazette reported that Billings Library Director Bill Cochran was awaiting a call from Helena to learn whether state regulators will require additional asbestos removal from the shell of the old Billings library.

August 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Demolition of old library encounters another hang-up

Demolition of old library encounters another hang-up

The half-demolished Billings Parmly Library will stand a few more weeks as crews wait for equipment to access the building’s basement.

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Old library demolition continues to be stalled by asbestos

Old library demolition continues to be stalled by asbestos

In addition to a dispute between the demolition contractor and a subcontractor hired to tear down Billings’ old library, the city confirmed asbestos has been discovered in more areas, leading to oversight and testing by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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Montanans react to Obama EPA’s draft rules to reduce CO2 emissions

Montanans react to Obama EPA’s draft rules to reduce CO2 emissions

HELENA — The Obama administration’s new draft rules to reduce carbon emissions evoked strong, divergent reactions Monday in Montana, with coal industry supporters condemning the proposed rules and others calling them a good first step toward addressing climate change and global warming.

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Company to be charged with dumping oil-laced water

^pCASPER, Wyo. — State regulators are prepared to cite a New Mexico company for illegally dumping oil-laced water near state Route 59 outside Douglas.

May 16, 2014 5:52 amLoading…
DEQ orders Bakken company to stop handling radioactive waste

DEQ orders Bakken company to stop handling radioactive waste

A Louisiana trucking company believed to have illegally dumped radioactive waste in an Eastern Montana landfill for nearly two years has been ordered to stop by state officials.

April 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Copper mine project backer drops plans for tunnel

Copper mine project backer drops plans for tunnel

HELENA — A mining company dropped plans to dig a mile-long tunnel for a copper development project near the Smith River after two environmental organizations filed a lawsuit challenging the proposal, state environmental regulators said Monday.

April 07, 2014 1:09 pmLoading…
Montana entrepreneur capitalizes on radioactive waste from Bakken

Montana entrepreneur capitalizes on radioactive waste from Bakken

GLENDIVE — While North Dakota figures out what to do with radioactive waste from oil production, a Montana operator hopes it doesn’t change a thing.

April 06, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Land Board approves Signal Peak coal mine expansion

Land Board approves Signal Peak coal mine expansion

The Montana Land Board unanimously approved the 7,160-acre expansion of Signal Peak's coal mine on Tuesday, a move adding nine years to the mine's life.

March 18, 2014 5:10 pmLoading…

Environmental groups challenging copper mine near Smith River

HELENA — Two environmental groups are challenging the Department of Environmental Quality's decision to issue an exploration license for a proposed copper mine near the Smith River in central Montana.

March 17, 2014 2:36 pmLoading…

Hearings set on surface water pollution standards

Montanans are rightfully proud of the state’s bountiful waterways used for irrigating, fishing, drinking and recreating.

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Corette power plant employees return as cleanup continues

Corette power plant employees return as cleanup continues

Employees of PPL Montana’s Corette power plant in Billings returned to work Wednesday as asbestos cleanup continues following the Feb. 3 rupture of a steam tube on the boiler.

February 19, 2014 4:23 pmLoading…
New Fort Smith water system not safe, some users say

New Fort Smith water system not safe, some users say

Some residents of Fort Smith aren’t happy with the new $4 million water system that was completed in 2013, but state agencies, other users and the engineering firm deny there is a problem.

January 21, 2014 12:15 amLoading…

Nebraska utility faces Wyoming air-quality bill from new EPA haze rules

The Lincoln Electric System may be forced to spend $83 million to help reduce haze-causing emissions from a coal plant it partly owns in Wyoming.

January 19, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
State regulators approve Whitehall mine expansion

State regulators approve Whitehall mine expansion

HELENA — Montana regulators have approved a Canadian company's plans to expand the Golden Sunlight gold mine near Whitehall.

January 14, 2014 2:14 pmLoading…

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality approves controversial gas plant in Douglas

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming environmental regulators have approved a controversial natural gas processing plant in Douglas, ending a prolonged debate between residents concerned about the facility’s impact on local air quality and those who view it as integral to the future of energy development …

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Injection well being drilled at Cheyenne refinery

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A well being drilled at the HollyFrontier Corp. refinery in Cheyenne will assess whether the company will be able to dispose of selenium-tainted wastewater by injecting it deep underground.

December 27, 2013 8:51 amLoading…

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