Silica Mining, Inc. resolves reclamation and reporting violations
HELENA -- Silica Mining, Inc, failed to complete reclamation within two years of completion of operations and failed to submit the annual report of activities of Operating Permit #00158 in Beaverhead County, Montana.
Silica Mining was ordered by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to pay a $17,760 penalty and return to compliance with the Metal Mine Reclamation Act. A return to compliance entails completing full reclamation in accordance with the reclamation plan included in the Operating Permit and submit the annual report of activities for calendar years 2016 and 2017. The reclamation plan included, but was not limited to, solid waste removal, noxious weed control, demolition of the mill building, removal of mining equipment, and plugging and abandonment of three water wells.