April 1, 2009 - After eight years of legal wrangling and project planning, cleanup of a 19-acre petroleum plume beneath the town of Sunburst is finally under way.
Wedged between the elementary and high schools, the area was once home to the Texaco gasoline refinery.
The Butte-based company Water and Environmental Technologies hopes to finish removing toxic dirt from a square city block that is 20 feet deep by mid-April. Working 12 hours a day, six trucks are hauling dirt to an 80-acre farm northwest of Sunburst. There it will be spread out and tilled regularly, allowing the gasoline to vaporize.