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EPA Rules Against Montana’s New Water Quality Standards

Wednesday the Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality disapproving of core sections of Senate Bill 358 which replaced numeric nutrient standards of Montana water with more subjective narrative standards. Northern News Network’s Eric Young reports.

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper Files Suit Against EPA

The Bozeman-based Upper Missouri Waterkeeper group has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly failing to intervene after the Montana Legislature rolled back water pollution rules to allow more nutrient pollution to enter streams rivers and other waterways. The EPA has oversight of ...

EPA Gives OK For Butte High School Air Quality

Additional air-quality testing in January by an Environmental Protection Agency contractor suggests a chemical contaminant plume in the vicinity of Butte High School and an adjacent apartment building does not pose health hazards for occupants of either building. This week the EPA said the agency has no plans to perform additional testing.

EPA Administrator To Visit Montana Areas In 2022

KC Becker was named as the new administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8 which includes Montana last November. In an Interview with the Montana Standard Friday, the Colorado lawyer said a she’s looking forward to visiting Butte and Anaconda this summer along with other Montana locales. An early priority will ...

Montana To Receive $60 Million For Water Infrastructure

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the funding Thursday that states Tribes and territories will receive in 2022 through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The State of Montana will receive $63,041,000 to invest in critical wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects. The money will be provid...

Montana Waterway Protections Restored

Many of Montana’s streams and wetlands lost Clean Water Act protections after the Trump administration passed a federal rule in 2020 but those pollution protections were restored following a recent decision by a U.S. district court judge in Arizona. He ordered the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to repeal the Naviga...

EPA Bans Chlorpyrifos Pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency is banning a common pesticide widely used since 1965 on fruits and vegetables in the Midwest and North Dakota. Nadia Ramligan from Pacifica Network and Public News Service reports.

Professor Natelson Talks Possible Legal Action For Recent EPA Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency intends to reverse the Navigable Waters Protection Rule but pledged not to return to overreaching regulations of the past, which were opposed by farmers and ranchers who care about clean water and preserving the land. Rob Natelson, a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Independence Institute...

Custer Gallatin National Forest Rescinds Fire Restrictions

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...