Governor Steve Bullock today announced the selection of MK Weeden Construction of Lewistown, Montana to implement Phase 1 of the Parrot Waste Removal Project in Butte, MT.
“This is a big step forward for Butte, the Upper Clark Fork River and the State of Montana,” said Governor Bullock. “It’s my hope this project will serve as an example of what is possible in Butte.”
In March 2018 the Montana Natural Resources Damage Program (NRDP) issued the bid package for the first phase of the Project.
“Butte has been waiting for too long to get this cleanup done and it’s finally going to happen,” Governor Bullock said. “It’s time to get folks working on moving some dirt.”
Bullock originally kicked off the Project in 2015, saying “as we look at Silver Bow Creek and downstream, it is critically important that we get these tailings removed.”
Butte-Silver Bow County Chief Executive Dave Palmer said, “I’m pleased this project is finally moving forward. This has been a long time coming for Butte and this is a good beginning to many millions of dollars in job creation building our restoration economy.”
MK Weeden has extensive experience throughout the northwest in large earth moving projects and was the low bidder at $2,666,002. Six other companies submitted bids on the Project that ranged from $3,323,699 to $5,527,624.
Phase I includes the removal of an estimated 76,000 cubic yards (cy) of mine waste materials; repositioning of 117,000 cy of slag under an Evaporation/Transpiration Cover System; and relocation of 167,000 cy of clean reusable overburden. In total, over 360,000 cy of materials will be moved in Phase I.
Because of Montana Resources cooperation in taking responsibility for the waste materials from the Project, NRDP’s contractor will be able to stay off public roads and use very large off-road trucks and excavators. The haul trucks that MK Weeden is proposing to use can move up to 55 cy of material, which is much larger than the 14 cy trucks that can be typically used on public roads. The ability to use this larger equipment translates to a real cost savings for the Project.
Phase 1 should start in June and be completed by early 2019. Phase II of the Project will be initiated as soon as Butte-Silver Bow County can move its maintenance shops to a new location.
Copies of the Parrot Tailings Waste Removal Plan documents are available on the NRDP website at https://dojmt.gov/lands/butte-area-one/ or by contacting NRDP at 406-444-0205.