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After Decades of Polluting Water, Colstrip Plant to Address Leaking Coal Ash Ponds

Victory: As part of settlement, power plant will move to safer dry disposal for millions of tons of toxic waste

Billings, MT — Decades after water contamination problems first started at the Colstrip coal-fired power plant, an agreement filed in court today between conservation groups and the facility’s owners will result in far safer disposal of millions of tons of toxic coal ash waste generated by burning coal at the plant.

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PSC saved consumers $8 million with decision

Great Falls TribuneWho should pay when a coal plant breaks down?

That was the question before the Montana Public Service Commission recently after one of the larger units at the Colstrip coal-fired power plant was out of service for almost seven months in 2013.