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(U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester today held Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt accountable for his attempt to slash $326 million from Superfund cleanup sites like Butte's Berkley Pit, the former Columbia Falls Aluminum Company site and the city of Libby.
Tester told Pruitt during a Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing that the proposed budget fails to meet the EPA's basic obligation to communities impacted by harmful pollution. Tester specifically highlighted the urgent need for the EPA to address the Berkley Pit-a 1,780-foot deep former copper strip mine now filled with poisonous water.
"Butte, America has a pit a mile long and a mile wide that has been full of toxic water,"Tester told Pruitt. "You told me that you are going to punish bad actors. It is your job to hold these bad actors accountable and make sure they come to the table with a wallet that has money in it, and the EPA must oversee the cleanup. Tell me how this budget meets this core mission?"
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