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Montana ranchers need federal help on coal ash regulation

After the tragic accident earlier this month in a West Virginia mine that took the lives of 29 miners, we are soberly reminded of the risks of coal mining. However many people may not be aware of the ongoing risks coal has been producing in eastern Montana for years.

Having come to the Colstrip area over 60 years ago, I have some on-the-ground acquaintance with coal mining and power plants. A coal fly ash pond at the power plant has been leaking for years. That problem has been compounded by leakage from a large freshwater holding pond along with added aquifer water that has been released from several strip mines.

Read the full article from The Missoulian here.