So, the mine produced millions of tons of toxic waste. People used the mine waste all over town for roads, driveways, the high school track, etc. and then found that it was very harmful to people and the environment. The small town couldn’t afford to clean up the mess. The mine owner made millions of dollars and then went into bankruptcy. Nobody could afford the millions of dollars it would cost for the cleanup so they had to rely on Federal and State tax dollars. Nobody really knows what the health care cost will be down the road. The whole town became an EPA Super Fund site. Sound familiar? Yep, we’re talking about Superior, MT.
Over and over again, Montana gets stuck with the mess and the tab to clean up after extractive industries and we never seem to learn.