Sputnik News – January 25, 2017
For approximately 3,000 geese migrating south, a massive snowstorm produced a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time, as the birds were hurled into a 50 billion-gallon tub of toxic sludge.
Residents of Butte, Montana, were alarmed at the site, according to eyewitnesses. The waste-pit that the birds crashed into is the largest Superfund site in the US. The Superfund program was created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund initiatives that clean up toxic waste. The mining town is now growing worried that the copper- and acid-laden material may seep into waterways, as the pit nears capacity.
For some environmentalists the incident served as a call to action. “We need to be prepared, and they’re not prepared,” former state legislator Fritz Daily commented following the news. Daily is concerned that officials have not considered what to do with the toxic waste, and how it plays into the town’s environmental, economic, and social future.