Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Missoula file lawsuit against DEQ

Local government agencies, Indian tribes and a nonprofit environmental group have filed suit against the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

A representative of one of them calls it “absurd” that DEQ has transferred a wastewater discharge permit allowing high levels of pollution from the former Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. pulp and paper operation outside Missoula to a nonexistent facility at the site of the former mill on the Clark Fork River.

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