Daines visits Butte to talk cleanup

BUTTE, Mont. — Sen. Steve Daines came to Butte Tuesday morning, joined by Chief Executive Dave Palmer, to further discuss cleanup developments moving forward.

While no plans were outlined, Daines expressed his desire to one day get Butte off the Superfund list.

The Environmental Protection Agency also joined the meeting and announced the next steps moving forward.

“You folks made it happen,” said Gregory Sopkin, regional administrator for Region 8. “It’s your community. You deserve better cleanup. What was happening was not acceptable, it was taking too long. The follow-through is going to be very important.”

Remedial designs outlined by Atlantic Richfield Company and Butte-Silver Bow are the next steps.