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BUTTE - An estimated 100 people turned out Thursday night for a rally to restore Silver Bow Creek.

While the Environmental Protection Agency, Butte-Silver Bow, the state of Montana and Atlantic Richfield continue to discuss the fate of the underground Parrot plume in confidential negotiations, local groups rallied to support removal of the toxic mine tailings.

Seven groups, headed by Project Green, planned Thursday's rally. The event started at the locomotive south of the Butte Civic Center, 1340 Harrison Avenue. They then walked along the Parrot corridor toward the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 1000 George St.

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Representatives from the Butte Natural Resource Damage Council, the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program, and Butte Citizens Technical Environmental Committee were on hand to talk about the contamination and show conceptual renderings of the current proposal to clean it up.

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Northey Tretheway, president of Project Green, said the rally is important because the future of the community relies on people coming together over this issue.

"Butte has a lot of pride in its history and what this town represents to the state and to the country," Tretheway said. "But we have to have pride not just in what it's been, but in its future, in making this one of the more livable communities."

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