DEQ works to protect the land from contamination in order to provide Montanans with a clean and healthy state. Our mining and waste permitting programs minimize impacts to the environment. Where contamination is discovered, our remediation programs provide the oversight and support services to conduct effective cleanup activities.

Golden Sunlight Seeks to Expand Underground Mine Operation

The Bureau of Land Management has opened a comment period on a Plan of Operations expansion at Golden Sunlight's existing open pit/underground mine near Cardwell. The underground proposal would expand the permit boundary by about 2.5 acres of new surface disturbance on lands managed by the BLM. The Plan of Operations is posted on the DEQ Hard Rock website. Comments may be submitted throughout the process but are encouraged by May 15, 2017.   

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Comment Period Opens for Proposed Coal Transport Corridor

We're seeking information and issue identification for an application by Spring Creek Coal to amend its operating permit to include a transportation corridor from the mine near Decker to the Wyoming border. The haul road will extend about nine miles in Montana and include an above-ground powerline. A public meeting is planned in Hardin on April 27.   

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