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Demolition of Manganese Ore Bin at Butte Reduction Works

Watch Atlantic Richfield’s contractor complete demolition of the Manganese Ore Bin at Butte Reduction Works. These bins once stored manganese rich ore, some from the Nettie Mine, prior to additional processing. This work is being completed under the EPA approved Butte...

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BRW Demolition Advisory

Atlantic Richfield crews will begin initial demolition and construction activities at Butte Reduction Works (BRW) the week of December 4th, 2023. Jacobs, Wasley Excavating and other contractors will be on site performing this work. Demolition is expected to conclude...

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AR supports Butte Silver Bow Council of Commissioners

May 21, 2020

Butte, MT. – Atlantic Richfield applauds the City and County of Butte-Silver Bow (BSB) in concluding its public review process and in authorizing BSB to enter the Butte Priority Soils Operable Unit (BPSOU) Consent Decree (CD). We thank the Commission and all community members for the hard work and long hours that went into achieving this significant milestone.

Throughout the BPSOU CD negotiations, the CD Parties have collectively sought input from the community on their vision for Butte’s future, and where possible this input has been incorporated into the remedy and associated land-use plan. Reaching agreement has been a challenging process that has taken over thirteen years since EPA selected its initial remedy in the 2006 BPSOU Record of Decision. During this period, Atlantic Richfield worked cooperatively with the other CD Parties (the US, the State, and BSB) to gather and evaluate the data needed to identify feasible and appropriate remedy options. Atlantic Richfield believes the modified remedy, riparian project, and end land-use plan provide the best solution for the environment, the Butte community, and the State of Montana.

The CD will now be lodged with the federal district court for public comment. The U.S. Department of Justice, in coordination with the EPA and the State of Montana, will publish notice of lodging in the Federal Register, which will provide details on how and when comments can be submitted. Following the close of the public comment period, the U.S. and State will decide whether to file a motion asking the court to approve and enter the CD as a final judgment. Any such motion will include responses to comments received during the public comment period. If that motion is filed and granted, the parties will move forward with implementing the remedy and other work required under the CD.