April 11, 2006
After 98 years, 2 months and 29 days, the Milltown Dam generators have shut down, reports the Missoulian. As of yesterday, the authority over the dam moves from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency that will oversee the dam’s removal along with more than two million cubic yards of toxic sediment.
The occasion proved bittersweet for some Northwestern Energy workers. “It’s been such a long process to get to this point,” Claudia Rapkoch, NorthWestern’s spokeswoman said. “The feelings are a little mixed. Obviously, we’ve worked hard to get to this point … but what gets lost, especially from the employee’s standpoint, is there’s a history here and a bit of sentimental value.”
The reservoir is slated for a June drawdown, with project construction anticipated this fall.