ANACONDA — The mound of black slag harkens back to an era when Anaconda bustled, when the Anaconda Company operated beneath a benign and paternalistic veneer, when the bloom of nostalgia took root.
Today, to many eyes, the slag exerts a drag on the sort of aesthetic impression Anaconda envisions as key to its economic vitality, including an embrace of outdoors-related businesses.
In short, for many, the slag is ugly, an arsenic-bearing blight. It’s dusty and it’s too darned close to a newly thriving part of town. For others, it’s a tangible remnant of Anaconda’s industrial history.
Bill Everett, chief executive officer of Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, acknowledged that the slag has sentimental value for some. But he said the granular eyesore at the city’s eastern gateway grated on city-county officials.
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Work is underway on Sept. 20 to cover up the massive black slag piles east of Anaconda.
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They worked with the Atlantic-Richfield Co. to advance the timeframe for covering the slag with soil and adding seed.
“Let’s get this done before we bring in these new businesses,” Everett said.