By 2020 Montana Resources’ tailings pond will reach its boundaries. MR is preparing to apply for a permit with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to enlarge Yankee Doodle Tailings pond and the earthen dam that borders it. The growth of the pond and dam will largely be vertical, Mark Thompson, manager of environmental affairs, said.
HELENA – Attorneys for an environmental group and a consumer office argued Tuesday that NorthWestern Energy, rather than its Montana electric customers, should pay the multimillion-dollar costs of a 2013-14 power-plant outage.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock praised the state’s potential for wind energy development at a conference in Bozeman on Wednesday, saying he hopes the industry can keep growing and help the state meet standards set by the federal Clean Power Plan, to which he gave a lukewarm welcome last month.
News reports are saying that President Obama’s Clean Power Plan has set new targets for Montana that are twice as large as those floated last year in a draft of the plan. But the head of Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality, Tom Livers, says it’s still unclear to him what exactly the new thresholds are.
About 50 miles east of Helena, in White Sulphur Springs, residents are weighing the benefits that a new copper mine could bring to their community: about 200 new jobs along with millions of dollars to spur business growth. Opponents of the mine say Montana risks losing something even more valuable, one of its last unspoiled rivers.