B-SB Council OK’s ‘gateway’ to removing Parrot tailings

The Council of Commissioners gave the state the go-ahead Wednesday night to begin removing the Parrot tailings — mining and smelting waste long buried near the Butte Civic Center.  Under an agreement the council approved on a voice vote, the state can begin excavating the hazardous waste and work should begin on the north side of Civic Center Road in ‘late spring or early summer,” state Budget Director Dan Villa said by phone earlier Wednesday.  Dave Palmer, Butte-Silver Bow’s chief executive, said the pact was a “gateway” to the tailings removal and relocating the county’s vehicle and maintenance shops to a 20-acre site west of town…read more

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