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Homegrown Stories: Changing the way we think about agriculture

February 1, 2018
Steve Charter is one of many Montanans re-shaping the way we think about agriculture. The third-generation rancher explains how soil regeneration is a simple solution to a complex issue in Homegrown Stories. A project of the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC), Homegrown Stories tells the narrative of "farm and ranch families cultivating good food, healthy land, and rural vitality."  Through photos, video, and transcribed interviews, participants show what they're doing to rebuild local food systems and sustain family farms in...
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Gazette opinion: Montana needs radioactive rules – Billings Gazette, January 11, 2017

January 11, 2018
After several years of complaints from neighbors in Dawson County, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality released a draft of proposed regulations for landfills licensed to hold low-level radioactive waste last August. The only such landfill licensed and operating in Montana or in North Dakota is located in Dawson County. It holds radioactive oilfield waste from Bakken drilling. Four months later, Montana DEQ is still working on the regulations and is in the final steps of licensing a fourth landfill...
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Radioactive Bakken waste buried in Montana, while North Dakota has no licensed dump sites – Billings Gazette, January 5, 2018

January 11, 2018
By Matt Hudson Montana’s capacity for radioactive oilfield waste could be expanded soon as regulators finalize rules for disposal. State officials are reviewing the license application for the Yellowstone Disposal landfill. It’s a project backed by a North Dakota-based company, which plans to build on 2,600 acres of land 4.5 miles southeast of Sidney. Within that site would be a 55-acre special waste unit with a capacity of more than 5 million cubic yards. That area would be licensed to handle material...
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Northern Plains responds to Bureau of Land Management suspension of methane rule, December 7, 2017

December 7, 2017
Today, the federal Bureau of Land Management finalized the delay of much of its Methane and Waste Prevention rule until January 2019. In response, Northern Plains Resource Council issued the following statement: “Secretary Zinke’s decision to suspend these protections that safeguard the clean air, health, and economic vitality of oilfield communities is a deep betrayal of Western states. Westerners have made their overwhelming support of the BLM’s Methane and Waste Prevention rule...
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