November 13, 2007

Repository Dust

Opportunity resident George Niland sent photos of a dust storm blowing across the BP-ARCO repository on Nov. 12. According to a Montana Standard report, winds up to 70 mph toppled trees in Anaconda, knocked out power and whipped up the dust storm in the Deer Lodge Valley.

Dust over Opportunity
Dust over Opportunity

Niland says dust was blowing off all the repository’s cells and also the slag pile outside of Anaconda. He has documented many of the chronic dust storms at the repository.

Dust from Arco Repository
Dust from ARCO repository

“So much for dust control,” says Niland, one of the founders of the Opportunity Citizens Protection Association, and a CFRTAC board member. “Maybe a little more polymer or some wet Milltown sediments might cure this problem.”

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