Copper Mining in Montana: The Environmental Impacts

Copper was vital to industrialization and is still widely used today. In places like this forgotten Montana town, however, the practice of copper mining has disastrously polluted waters, severely degrading water quality and killing aquatic life.

In "Opportunity, Montana," Brad Tyer describes a forgotten town named Opportunity with a century's worth of industrial poison from copper mining clotting the Clark Fork River and a decades-long engineering project to clean it up.
Cover courtesy Beacon Press