REQUESTING PUBLIC RECORDS and INFORMATION

Thank you for your interest in the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) records.  

The Constitution of the State of Montana, at Article II, Part II, Section 9, provides everyone the right to examine documents of state government agencies.  Montana Code Annotated (MCA) at Title 2, Chapter 6, Part 10, provides everyone the right to request public information.  There are provisions for individual privacy, safety, security, and confidentiality.  It is DEQ's Policy to be responsive to requests for records and information.  While we may not be able to fulfill a request quickly, we are committed to communicating with requestors about any delays or inability to provide the information requested.

MAILING/DISTRIBUTION LISTS

Please Note: DEQ will not provide distribution lists to anyone.  Montana Code Annotated at 2-6-1017 forbids public agencies from distributing mailing lists and further forbids anyone from using an agency-prepared list as a distribution list.  Anyone violating this law is guilty of a misdemeanor.

RESOURCES

DEQ has a number of resources available on its website that you may find useful.  This data is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.  It may be faster and more cost-effective for you to search these sites for the data you need, before initiating your request.  Here are some of those links:

DEQ Online Services

DEQ's Data Search Tool provides the ability to download data for the multi-datasets it contains

Mapping DEQ Data

Environmental Assessments (EAs)

Environmental Impact Statements (EISs)

Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) LUST Sites

LUST Workplans

Other LUST Information

Asbestos Project Permits

Asbestos Accreditations

Meth-Contaminated Properties

Air Quality Permits

FEES

Montana Code Annotated 2-6-1006(3), provides public agencies the ability to charge fees for fulfilling public information requests.  DEQ charges the following fees:

  • Actual hourly rate of staff fulfilling the request (i.e., gathering files & information, research, copying, scanning, legal review)
  • $.10 per sheet of paper for copying
  • Actual cost for CDs, postage, and other mailing materials
  • Actual cost for any other incidentals directly related to the request

DEQ requires fees to be paid in advance of releasing any records or information responsive to your request.  If the records are too large in volume, we may request payment of estimated fees prior to beginning work on your request, or that you either come review the files in person and make your own copies or hire another business to scan or copy the records here at our office.  We can provide you with information about local vendors who provide this service.

CONTACT

If you would like to request public information or records, send an email to Joyce Wittenberg, DEQ Records Management, at: jwittenberg@mt.gov  In your request, be as detailed as possible about what you want and provide as much information as you have regarding any site or property you are seeking information about.  If you are requesting information on a specific piece of property, include: the Township, Range, and Section (if known); the names of current and or previous owners; the names of current and /or previous businesses residing on the land, etc.  It is DEQ's practice to provide the records by electronic means, rather than paper, so if you prefer paper, be sure to mention that.