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Monday, August 31, 2009

ASARCO Montana EPA Chief dies from climbing accident Thursday August 20, two weeks after the stacks were demolished

EVE BYRON - Independent Record - 08/25/09 | Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 12:00 am

[Montana's State EPA Chief...]"John Wardell arguably changed the landscape across Montana more than any other single person in recent times, and his death last week in a climbing accident is being mourned throughout the Treasure State....Wardell died last Thursday after tumbling down a steep mountainside in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area near Libby....Wardell also presided over most of reclamation work in ... East Helena [Asarco].  Just two weeks ago, he watched as the three Asarco smokestacks in East Helena were blown up...he mused about how he had worked on the East Helena site even before moving to Montana, and how he anticipated signing the final Record of Decision regarding the city's Superfund cleanup work.

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