16 Sep '12, 11am

Montana Not Acting to Remedy Toxic Coal Ash Problem at Colstrip | Earthjustice via @Earthjustice

Montana Not Acting to Remedy Toxic Coal Ash Problem at Colstrip | Earthjustice via @Earthjustice

Nearly a decade after sludge ponds holding toxic coal ash waste from the Colstrip power plant were first discovered leaking, and more than four years after nearby ranchers and residents won a $25 million legal settlement over the contamination, groups say the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is doing little to stop water pollution from poisoning nearby communities and ranchers. The enormous sludge ponds at Colstrip were built in the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, and contamination from the leaking ponds, which cover more than 500 acres, is well-documented. (MT DEQ) In an appeal filed by Earthjustice Tuesday with Montana’s Board of Environmental Review on behalf of the Montana Environmental Information Center, Sierra Club, and National Wildlife Federation, the groups claim that the state is doing little to nothing to address decades of groundwater pollution from ...

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