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DEQ is seeking public comment on a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA).  The Draft EA has been prepared to assess impacts from a permit modification request at the ExxonMobil Billings Refinery, 700 ExxonMobil Road, Billings, Montana, Montana Hazardous Waste Permit MTHWP-17-01.  The permit revision is necessary to incorporate changes to the New East Land Treatment Unit (NELTU) and Old East Land Treatment Unit (OELTU) as a result of a new rail car storage development project.

A 30-day public comment period on the draft EA begins on April 7, 2021. 

May 10, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Draft Environmental Assessment

Permit Redline/Strikeout

Fact Sheet

Mail Comments To:
DEQ Waste Management and Remediation Division
c/o Ann Kron
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620

Or Email to:  DEQhazwaste@mt.gov

DEQ is seeking public comment on the Proposed Plan for the Burlington Northern (BN) Missoula Facility. The Proposed Plan identifies the preferred remedy for completing cleanup activities at the BN Missoula Comprehensive Environmental Cleanup and Responsibility Act (CECRA – State Superfund) Facility in the City of Missoula, Missoula County, Montana.

For details on how to attend the meeting, visit DEQ's public meetings web page.

The public comment period for the Proposed Plan began on February 26, 2021 and has been extended until May 2nd, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. MST
 
 
The Proposed Plan and other information regarding the BN Missoula Facility are also available at the DEQ Cedar Building (1225 Cedar St. in Helena), and the Proposed Plan is available at the Mansfield Library (32 Campus Dr., Missoula, MT
Mail Comments To:
 
Zachary Neudeck
DEQ Waste Management and Remediation Division
P.O. Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620
 
 
Comments received through the postal service must be postmarked no later than May 2nd, 2021, and comments submitted electronically must be received no later than 11:59 pm MST on May 2nd, 2021
The Golden Sunlight Mine (located approximately five miles northeast of Whitehall, MT) has applicated for an amendment to their current operating permit. The amendment application would allow Golden Sunlight to excavate and reprocess tailings and extend the life of the mine by up to 12 years. Golden Sunlight would excavate tailings in Tailing Storage Facility-1 using conventional methods, move the material to a re-pulping plant, pump the slurried tailings to the flotation plant in the mill, reprocess the tailings to extract a gold and sulfide concentrate. Approximately 26 million tons of tailings would be reprocessed and disposed within an onsite pit. After excavation the tailings facility footprint would be reclaimed for land uses such as grazing, recreation, and wildlife habitat. All proposed activities would occur within the existing permitted disturbance boundary and would not include any new disturbance areas. 

DEQ is currently in the “scoping” portion of the review process. The public has an opportunity to participate in this review process and to identify environmental issues associated with the project. DEQ is seeking comments from the public to identify potential impacts and possible alternatives to be considered. 

DEQ will accept public comments on during scoping period until the close of business on March 12, 2021.
 Also, a public scoping meeting will be held on March 4, 2021, from 6 pm to 8 pm Mountain time. The meeting will provide the public with information on the proposed project and an opportunity to submit oral comments. Due to concerns around COVID-19, the meeting will be hosted virtually on Zoom and accessible both online and by telephone.
March 12, 2021, at 5:00 pm

Public Notice

GSM’s Amendment Application

Register for Zoom Meeting (March 4th 6pm – 9 pm)

EIS Scoping Materials
 

Mail Comments To:
DEQ Director’s Office
c/o Craig Jones
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620

Or Email to:  mepa@mt.gov

The ExxonMobil Billings Refinery, 700 ExxonMobil Road, Billings, Montana, has submitted a permit modification request to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to modify their Montana Hazardous Waste Permit MTHWP-17-01.  The permit revision is necessary to incorporate changes to the New East Land Treatment Unit (NELTU) and Old East Land Treatment Unit (OELTU) as a result of a new rail car storage development project.

A 60-day public comment period on the permit modification request begins on January 22, 2021.  A public meeting has been scheduled for February 9, 2021.  For details on how to attend the meeting, visit DEQ’s public meetings web page.

March 23, 2021, at 5:00 pm

Public Notice

ExxonMobil’s Modification Request

ExxonMobil’s Modification Request, Attachments

Conceptual Project Map

Permit Application Revisions

Mail Comments To:
DEQ Waste Management and Remediation Division
c/o Ann Kron
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620

Or Email to:  DEQhazwaste@mt.gov

Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) hereby gives notice of a 30-day public comment period on its proposal to delist the McCulloch Purchase Station (Facility) near Fairview, Montana, from the Comprehensive Environmental Cleanup and Responsibility Act (CECRA) Priority List. 

The public comment period has been extended to February 19, 2021, and a public meeting is scheduled on February 8, 2021. For details on how to attend the meeting, visit DEQ's public meetings web page.

February 19, 2021, by midnight

DEQ Remediation Division
State Superfund Unit
1225 Cedar Street
Helena, MT

Hannah McDermott
DEQ-Waste Management and Remediation Division
P.O. Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620
Or email to: Hannah.McDermott@mt.gov

The Department of Environmental Quality is soliciting comments on the proposed amendment of and adoption of rules pertaining to Department Circular DEQ-12B Nutrient Standards Variances. A public hearing will be held via Zoom. Information on how to attend the hearing can be found at this link http://deq.mt.gov/water/Surfacewater/standards

February 8, 2021, by 5:00 pm https://deq.mt.gov/Portals/112/Water/WQPB/Standards/PDF/DEQ-12B/17-415pro-arm.pdf Sandy Scherer, Paralegal
Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901
Or email to: sscherer@mt.gov