Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, May 17, '11

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Larger map and driving directions

Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Dave ran the meeting today, so he had the privilege of introducing Tom.

Tom talked about the reclamation projects Uptown. The EPA approved reclamation process is "cap in place." That means covering the contaminated ground with a minimum of 18" of non-contaminated "soil." Often this cover needs to be amended with mulch, straw, or fertilizers to be ready to support plants. One of the biggest concerns is potential contamination of Silver Bow Creek due to runoff.

In the past, Butte typically had a blood lead level in children that was higher than the national average - in some cases much higher. However, in Butte ARCo has agreed to a child blood lead fund, an option that is not required by the EPA, and does not tie to any law or statute. For this reason this option is not available to other communities. Due to these efforts, not only does Butte rarely have child blood lead levels higher than the national average, but our average is now lower than the national average.

The waste in Butte is considered "high volume, low toxicity." This means that there is a lot of waste, but not much of it is immediately threatening. In fact, estimates are that a child would have to consume 2 Tablespoons of local contaminated soil each day for many years to have significant health problems.

The Mountain Con Foreman's Park should be opening this summer, completing the trail from Fairmont Hot Springs to the Granite Mountain Memorial.

Tom Malloy, Uptown Mine Reclamation Projects
Steak and Mashed Potato
Event Updated
5:44 Tuesday, May 17, 2011