Superfund watchdogs in Butte notch a win with EPA

Butte residents who campaigned for access to key Superfund-related meetings notched a victory Wednesday.

In an afternoon news release, KC Becker, EPA’s regional administrator, announced the agency will allow “virtual observation” of several meetings heretofore closed to the public.

KC Becker on Main Street in Uptown Butte in 2022. Becker, EPA’s Regional Administrator, announced Wednesday that the agency will allow ‘virtual observation’ of some Superfund meetings previously closed to the public. 

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“I recognize that this is a critical time in implementing work under the 2020 Butte Priority Soils Operable Unit consent decree and it is important that the Butte community is included as we design key aspects of the cleanup,” Becker said.

The EPA released Becker’s statement shortly before Wednesday night’s meeting of the Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners, when the agenda included scheduled discussion about closed meetings related to Superfund cleanup in Butte.

Butte’s Superfund watchdogs have longed to see how the sausage is made and now they will have a chance.

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