The group Upper Missouri Waterkeeper petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency Monday, arguing Senate Bill 358 signed into law by Governor Greg Gianforte runs counter to the agency’s authority to approve or disprove changes under the Clean Water Act and is a risk to the state’s waterways. It repeals numeric standards for nutrients, namely nitrogen and phosphorus, that are discharged into the state’s waterways from water treatment plants and industries. Montana is the first state to adopt and then withdraw numeric standards for nutrient pollution.
Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, the U.S. Forest Service has announced that Custer Gallatin National Forest is rescinding its early season fire restrictions. Northern News Network’s Eric Young reports.