The Committee awarded $50 savings bonds to four grade-school students and a $250 bond to one high school student who competed in the 2003 Montana Tech Science and Engineering Fair. Each of their Fair projects explored important topics related to the Berkeley Pit and mine waste cleanup technologies. The Committee will offer awards again at the 2005 Science Fair, and students are encouraged to choose projects related to the Pit and mine waste cleanup for that competition.
5th grade, Ramsay
6th grade, Whittier Elementary
“Is There a New Antibiotic Lurking in the Berkeley Pit?”
8th grade, Chief Joseph Middle School, Bozeman
“Copper in the Water? Recruit the Bacteria”
11th grade, Butte High School
“Tolerance that a Boatman Can Tolerate”
The Berkeley Pit in 1972.
PitWatch Issue Volume 9, Number 1
The community has many common misconceptions about the Berkeley Pit. This section will address a few of those most often heard false statements and try to set the record straight.
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There are two reasons why the Pit will never overflow. First, the 1994 Record of Decision and 2002 Consent Decree established the maximum level that the water will be allowed to reach to make sure the Berkeley Pit is lowest point in the cone of depression (see center graphic). Wells to monitor water levels have been set up. Failure to keep the water below the 5410′ elevation would result in steep fines for BP/Atlantic Richfield and Montana Resources. Second, the Horseshoe Bend Water Treatment Plant is already in-place and operating. It has the capacity (7 Million Gallons per Day) to treat water from the Berkeley Pit, when it becomes necessary. This will ensure the water level remains below 5,410′.
The Horseshoe Bend Water Treatment Plant will empty the Berkeley Pit.
In the 1994 Record of Decision, the agencies decided that it would be unfeasible for the Potentially Responsible Parties (PRP’s) to ever completely empty the Berkeley Pit. The remedy selected for the Berkeley Pit is to treat all water inflows to maintain the level below 5,410′ above sea level.
Congress is cutting the national Superfund program and the operation of the Horseshoe Bend Water treatment Plant will be discontinued.
The ‘Butte Mine Flooding Superfund Site’ is the responsibility of BP/Atlantic Richfield and Montana Resources. Thus, the plant will not be affected by any changes to the EPA’s Superfund Program. The legally binding Consent Decree, which was signed by the responsible parties in 2002, established the financial commitment to operate and maintain the water treatment plant in perpetuity.