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More than 100 current and former residents of Colstrip are suing the power plant and the Rosebud Mine around which the community is built alleging damage from coal dust. The lawsuit filed in Rosebud County alleges that dust from coal piled at Colstrip Power Plant as well as trucks that deliver coal from Rosebud mine poses a health risk and has damaged personal property over time. Additionally the plaintiffs argue that the community’s soil has become saturated with ground water related to power plant operations which has damaged foundations. The residents allege ground water coupled with blasts at the nearby Rosebud mine is to blame.

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