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Jun 13, 2018

Tester, Daines, Gianforte Demand EPA Resolve $4 Million Fine Against Powell County

Delegation Stands Up for Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte are working to protect Powell County from having to pay a $4 million fine to the U.S. Treasury Department.

The government sent Powell County the bill to cover the costs of an oil spill cleanup from 2011, initially totaling $3,172,982.89.
At that time, Powell County made clear to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard that it was unable to foot a multi-million dollar fine and sought alternate methods of cleaning up the site.

The county's concerns were ignored and now after the additional costs of interest and penalties, the bill has soared to $3.9 million.
The Montana delegation wrote to Treasury Department Secretary Steven Mnuchin, urging him to work with Powell County to find another solution.

"We urge you to work with the county to determine a mutually acceptable resolution," the Montana delegation wrote. "As part of that effort, we also ask that you either minimize the county's liability for cleanup costs or absolve them of it entirely."

If the dispute is not resolved, the nearly $4 million bill could have a devastating impact on Powell County and its residents.
To download the letter, click HERE.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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