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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 27, 2017

Today in New West news: study suggests some cattle grazing may help greater sage grouse, an update on Montana Water Artesian Company, and GREENbike vs. inversion.

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New West Daily Roundup for Jan. 5, 2017

Today in New West news: Zinke joins U.S. House to vote in favor of easing federal land transfer, Bozeman water group sues Montana DEQ over pollution standards, Wyoming mulls whether to legalize Tesla business model in state, and Colorado cybersecurity firm raises $6M.

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New West Daily Roundup for Jan. 26, 2016

root9B, Colorado Springs, cybersecurity

Today in New West news: Colorado Springs-based root9B named world’s best cybersecurity company, Columbia Falls-based ViZn Energy Systems to produce battery for Idaho National Laboratory, MT Gov. announces interim Clean Power Plan council, and Montana’s unemployment fell to four percent in December.

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Downwinders Fear: Tire and Slag Burning at Holcim’s Cement Kiln All But Permitted

After many months of controversial governmental review, public meetings, a change in administration from Republican to Democrat, newspaper articles, and intense citizen scrutiny, the state of Montana appears to be on the verge of allowing the burning of toxic slag and huge numbers of old auto tires at the Holcim Cement Plant in Trident, Montana near the headwaters of the Missouri River. Is it a shrewd move to cheaply recycle throwaway rubber products by using them as fuel or will the activity threaten public health downwind in cities like Bozeman, or is it both? Scrutinizing the proposal has been a grueling labor of love for community activists in the Gallatin Valley and in Helena who believe that dangers documented elsewhere with tire burning are being ignored by state regulators. Holcim officials say they want to be responsible corporate citizens, but their pledge has done little to win the trust of a committed group of skeptical mothers, physicians, and scientists. In this guest essay from Bozeman writer Suzanne Colon, the concerns are spelled out.

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