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Driscoll, Paul

DEQ Holding Public Meeting to Accept Comments on Proposed Landfill

Class II landfill proposed to manage oilfield solid waste

Helena - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s Solid Waste Program is taking public comments on an application for a new Class II landfill to manage oilfield solid waste. The applicant is Steve Burns, doing business as Clay Butte Environmental, LLC.

The proposed landfill will be located on private property approximately 5 miles north of Culbertson in Roosevelt County. Of the 143 acres proposed for the site, 76.5 will be used for active landfill activity. The facility will be developed in 15 separate phases with a total waste disposal capacity of 9,644,748 cubic yards over an expected 31-year life.

The main objective of the proposal is to provide an environmentally sound and legal option for the disposal of oilfield solid wastes to the oil and gas exploration and production companies in the area.  The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the proposed action and to seek public participation in the decision-making process.

DEQ will host a public meeting to provide information on the licensing process and to receive comments on the proposal. The meeting will be held at the Culbertson Community Center, 210 Broadway Avenue, Culbertson, Montana on June 11, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A Draft Environmental Assessment has been prepared for the proposal. The Draft EA is available on the DEQ website at:  A copy of the document is also available upon request from the DEQ Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau, Solid Waste Program, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901.

The deadline for submitting comments on the proposed Class II landfill is the close of business on Wednesday June 24, 2015. Comments may be submitted to DEQ electronically to:  Comments may also submitted by mail to the address above. Please call (406) 444-5300 for information or help.

Persons with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact DEQ Public Information Officer Lisa Peterson at (406) 444-2929.

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