What is ‘Superfund’?

Butte has the dubious distinction of being at the upper end of the largest complex of federal Superfund sites in the U.S. This Superfund complex extends from Butte and Anaconda 120 miles down the Clark Fork River to Missoula. The word “Superfund” is tossed around a lot by local and state officials working in the Clark Fork Basin, but, to […]

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What is an ‘Operable Unit’?

An operable unit is a subsection of a larger EPA Federal Superfund site. There are four Operable Units (OUs) in the Butte mining district.  The Butte Mine Flooding Operable Unit, which includes the Berkeley Pit, the hydraulically-connected underground mine workings associated with the historic East Camp and West Camp tunnel systems, associated bedrock, and alluvial aquifers. The area covers approximately […]

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