Legal/Public Notices

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Miscellaneous Notices

(These notices are not included in the links above.)

Date Regarding Contact Type of Notice
December 22, 2020

On October 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice entered a proposed Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the District of Montana in the lawsuit: United States of America and the State of Montana v. Atlantic Richfield Company, et al., Civil Action No. Civil Action No. CV-89-39-BU-SEH. DEQ invited public comment on the proposed Anaconda Site Consent Decree and the 30-day public comment period ended on November 28, 2020. The State of Montana received no public comments. On December 22, 2020, the Department of Justice filed an unopposed motion to enter the Consent Decree. The State of Montana and DEQ support this motion. The settlement partially resolves claims brought by the United States and the State of Montana against Atlantic Richfield, for the recovery of costs incurred and to be incurred in responding to releases and threatened releases of hazardous substances at the Anaconda Site. The Consent Decree is a legal document that provides the framework for the continued cleanup of mining-related contamination to protect public health and the environment in Anaconda. The Consent Decree is available here.

Copies may be requested by contacting the DEQ project officer.

Joel Chavez
Project Officer
jchavez@mt.gov
406-444-6407
Waste Management and Remediation Division, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620

Public Notice

December 11, 2020

On August 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice entered a Consent Decree with the Montana U.S. District Court in the lawsuit: U.S., et al v. BNSF Railway Co. DEQ was among entities that invited public comment on the proposed Consent Decree throughout the month of September, 2020 and no comments were received. On October 19, 2020, the Department of Justice filed an unopposed motion to enter the Consent Decree for an area near Libby, Montana, known as OU6. The State of Montana and DEQ support this motion. Protective measures include securing properties, limiting unauthorized entry, and minimizing the potential for distrubance of soils in the approximately 42 miles of rail line right-of-way. EPA does not anticipate further cleanup requirements within OU6. The Consent Decree was entered on November 30, 2020 and is part of the administrative record for OU6 and is available here until January 31, 2021, after which the document will be available by request from DEQ.

To request copies, contact the DEQ Waste Management and Remediation Division Offices by phone at: 406-444-6802

Jason Rappe
Project Officer
jason.rappe@mt.gov
Waste Management and Remediation Division, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620

Public Notice

October 1, 2020

DEQ in partnership with the City of Harlowton in Wheatland County is seeking written public comment through October 16, 2020 on a draft EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant application to address abatement of asbestos within the Harlowton Roundhouse and petroleum contaminated soils in the former Milwaukee Road railyard.  DEQ staff will be present during the 7:00 p.m. City Council meeting on October 13, 2020 to discuss the proposed scope of work, answer questions, and receive public input on the draft grant application

For details on how to comment or access the public hearing visit the DEQ Arcgis Hub.

Jason Seyler
DEQ Brownfields Coordinator
jseyler@mt.gov
Remediation Division, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620

Public Notice

September 25, 2020

DEQ released notice of its intent to issue a 401 Water Quality Certification for the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and hold a public hearing on the issuance of the certification. This certification is issued by the Department under the authority of 75-5-402, Montana Code Annotated (MCA) and the Administrative Rules of Montana 17.30.101 et seq., 401 Certification and Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act, 33 USC Section 1341. The Water Protection Bureau has prepared a tentative determination to issue a 401 Certification with Project Specific Conditions listed in the public notice. A digital copy of the application has been posted on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project web page for review.

For details on how to comment or access the public hearing visit DEQ’s public comment website.

Keenan Storrar
401/318 Coordinator
DEQ Water Protection Bureau
DEQWPBPublicComments@mt.gov

Public Notice

August 13, 2020 Environmental Assessment: Underground Storage Tanks, Love's Travel Stop Great Falls, Great Falls MT, Cascade County. Mail to:

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Underground Storage Tank Section
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620

or electronically to:

dequstprogram@mt.gov

Public Notice
June 5, 2020
Public Notice for the Developmental Technologies Facility (Facility) in Bozeman
				
Jason Seyler
DEQ-Remediation DIvision
P.O. Box 200901
Helena, MT  59620
Public Notice
May 31, 2019 This Air Quality Monitoring Network Plan (Plan) is developed and submitted on an annual basis in accordance with the requirements contained in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 58.10.  The intent of this plan is to accurately describe the monitoring sites in the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) network, identify each site’s monitoring purpose, describe how the sites fulfill Network Design Criteria (40 CFR 58, Appendix D), and describe any deviations in physical characteristics or operation from regulatory requirements.  The Plan also describes changes the DEQ anticipates making to the network in the next year.  In turn, providing opportunity for the DEQ to solicit, evaluate, and respond to comments and input from County Agencies, the general public, and other DEQ interests regarding the network. Doug Kuenzli
MT DEQ-Air Quality
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901
Public Notice
May 31, 2019 A public hearing will be held to consider Proposed Project Priority Lists and Intended Use Plans for State Fiscal Year 2020 for the Drinking Water and the Water Pollution Control State Revolving Fund Loan Programs will be held Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., in Helena, Montana, at DEQ in the Metcalf Building (1520 East Sixth Ave.), Room 111.
The Intended Use Plans identify the intended uses of funds in the loan programs and describe how the goals of the programs will be satisfied. The Project Priority Lists identify projects that are eligible to be funded with loan monies authorized and appropriated to the State of Montana through Federal Fiscal Year 2020
Montana Department of Environmental Quality Water Quality Division
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901
Public Notice
April 3, 2019 Every two years DEQ updates its listings of "threatened and impaired waters." A Call for Data period is open through June 14, 2019 for physical, chemical, and biological data relating to current condition of streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Montana Department of Environmental Quality Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901
Call for Data
April 3, 2019 DEQ is seeking comments for licensing of a motor vehicle wrecking facility application submitted by Shane Loomis, 3611 Leighton Boulevard, Miles City, MT 59301 for Autobody  Solutions in Custer County, within a fenced area at 3611 Leighton Boulevard. Currently, the property is owned by Kenneth Thueringer and is leased for Mr. Loomis.  The legal description of the facility is Section 26, Township 08 North, Range 47 West. Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Motor Vehicle Recycling & Disposal Program
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901
Public Notice
March 19, 2019 To consider amendment of Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) pertaining to ground water standards incorported by reference into Department Circular DEQ-7, amended notice of public hearing and extension of comment period for an additional 45 days. Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Water Quality Planning Bureau
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT  59620
(406) 444-2680

MAR notice No. 17-403

MAR notice Feb. 5, 2019

September 12, 2018 DEQ is seeking comments for licensing of a motor vehicle wrecking facility application submitted by Justin Quist for 406 Salvage and Auto, 1817 US Highway 93 North, Victor, Montana, Section 7, Township 7 North, Range 20 West, Ravalli County Montana Dept of Environmental Quality
Motor Vehicle Recycling &  Disposal Program
P.O. Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901

EA

Public Notice