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BOZEMAN - The state DEQ has sent the city of Bozeman $830,000 to help pay for the cleanup of toxic materials at the site of the city's public library.

Since 2002, the city has paid contractors more than $2.4 million to remove thousands of yards of soil contaminated with lead, asbestos and petroleum. That's according to finance director Anna Rosenberry.

The property was used for storage of asbestos ore mined in Gallatin County during the first half of the 20th century.

The city and state have wrangled for years over reimbursement for the cleanup, and Bozeman officials hope the DEQ will contribute another $1 million by July.

A DEQ representative did not return phone calls seeking comment.

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