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BSB County Drills to Collect Soil Samples

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The Butte-Silver Bow Reclamation Department is collecting soil samples at the location where Northwestern Energy is expected to move its headquarters.

The drilling took place at the Heritage Park parking lot at the corner of Park and Main Streets.

Through 1973 the medical arts building stood at the location until it burned down.

Standard practice in those days was to demolish the rest of the building into the basement and cover it with mine waste because the waste, most likely from the Berkeley Pit, was free and available.

Before construction can start at the location, the county needs to know where the mine waste will need to be disposed, and in doing so is collecting soil samples.

"It's an important decision because it affects the cost of construction," said Tom Malloy with the Butte-Silver Bow County Reclamation Department. "If this site is eventually chosen for construction, they're going to need to remove down a good 15-20 feet, maybe more. We need to know where the material will be disposed of. So that's why we're pulling the samples now."

The county will now run tests to find out where the mine waste can be disposed.

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