3-year project will clean mine waste near ski area
HELENA, Mont. – A three-year project scheduled to begin this summer will seal off mining waste contaminated by heavy metals at the Great Divide Ski Area and Bald Butte.
Steve Opp of the state Department of Environmental Quality says 160,000 cubic yards of contaminated sand tailings will be put in an 8-acre repository and covered with an impermeable lining on Bureau of Land Management property.
He says work probably won’t begin at Great Divide until next summer, after the repository is constructed, so it won’t interfere with ski operations.
The tailings are generally on the hill in front of the ski lodge.
Opp says he’s not sure how much the work will cost. Bids on the project won’t be opened until May 27.