BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The city of Colstrip has been awarded $500,000 to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant.
Gov. Steve Bullock announced the award from the Montana Coal Board on Monday.
Bullock spokesman Wessler says that the coal industry's sizeable presence in the 2,300-person city has increased demands on Colstrip's 37-year-old water treatment plant, necessitating improvements.
The governor's office says a recent report found problems with the Colstrip wastewater plant's pre-treatment facilities, creating a health risk for its operators. City officials say the money from the coal board would be used to help fix the problems.