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The Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners will in the next few weeks be faced with a monumental major policy decision that will have ramification into perpetuity.

The EPA is now asking for public comment on proposed amendments to the Record of Decision (ROD) relative to the Butte Priority Soils Operable Unit (BPSOU) Superfund Consent Decree (CD).

It seems the B-SB Council will have the option:

— to make the politically expedient decision to accept the Consent Decree as proposed and amended without ongoing health studies and monitoring and control of airborne metal-laden, hazardous to human health dust, thus sweeping these issues under the rug, perpetuating continual studies calling into question whether or not Butte is a healthy place in which to live and work, and never showing the citizens of Butte and the outside world beyond a reasonable doubt that the BPSOU Superfund site has been properly remediated and restored as pertains to protecting human health.

Or the B-SB Council will have the option:

— to request that the ROD be amended to insure that the proper cleanup is completed to protect human health and ongoing health studies and monitoring and control of airborne dust are carried out so that the citizens of Butte and the outside world will be assured beyond a reasonable doubt that the BPSOU Superfund site has been properly remediated and restored and that Butte is a healthy place in which to live and work.

Has your Commissioner chosen to adhere to the B-SB City-County Charter and call for a community council consisting of participants from the major personal, familial, communal, educational, spiritual, economical, and governmental segments of your district’s community to advise him/her on this monumental major policy decision?

R. Edward Bandrob, Butte

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