Colstrip United Holds Town Meeting on Pond Clean-Up at Power Plants

(Colstrip, MT) – On the evening of Wednesday, November 28th Colstrip United -a grassroots organization based out of Colstrip, MT- held an informational town meeting at the Colstrip High School. The meeting was open to the public and its purpose was to present information from environmental experts regarding pond remediation at the Colstrip Power Plant. Speakers for this event included Gordon Criswell, a Colstrip local and the director of Environmental Compliance for Talen Montana, Chris Dorrington, Division Administrator for Air Energy and Mining with the Montana DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality), Aimee Reynolds, Bureau Chief for Colstrip Remediation with the Montana DEQ, and remarks from Senator Duane Ankney (District 20.)

Gordon Criswell, director of Environmental Compliance for Talen Montana, speaks to an audience of around 70 about Power Plant pond remediation at Colstrip United’s informational town meeting, Wednesday, Nov 28th.

Gordon Criswell, director of Environmental Compliance for Talen Montana, speaks to an audience of around 70 about Power Plant pond remediation at Colstrip United’s informational town meeting, Wednesday, Nov 28th.

"This short meeting was geared towards clearing up misconceptions and giving the environmental experts that are working closely on these remediation projects a chance to share what they know with the public" said Lori Shaw, Director of Colstrip United. “We were happy that the community decided to show up, ask questions, and gather information for themselves.”

Some key takeaway points from the meeting:

1. There are regulations and regulatory processes that are in place to assure ash pond closure and remediation in a way that is protective of human health and the environment (Federal CCR Rule (Coal Combustion Residuals) and State Wastewater AOC (Administrative Order On Consent)). Public participation is a key component in these processes.

2. The Montana DEQ will review and approve actions related to ash pond closure and remediation.

3. Colstrip is complying with the requirements identified in the CCR Rule and Wastewater AOC and is committed to providing ash pond closure and remediation in a way that is protective of human health and the environment.

Colstrip United live-streamed the entire meeting on Facebook, and the shared video can now be found here on Colstrip United’s Facebook page.

Aimee Reynolds, Bureau Chief for Colstrip Remediation with the Montana DEQ, speaks to an audience of around 70 about Power Plant pond remediation at Colstrip United’s informational town meeting, Wednesday, Nov 28th.

Aimee Reynolds, Bureau Chief for Colstrip Remediation with the Montana DEQ, speaks to an audience of around 70 about Power Plant pond remediation at Colstrip United’s informational town meeting, Wednesday, Nov 28th.

Colstrip United is a 3-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the importance of coal mining and coal energy. Driven completely by volunteer efforts, not a single person involved with it is paid for their work with it. You can learn more about Colstrip United by visiting their website: www.colstrip-united.org. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.


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