Hard Rock Mining:
The Hard Rock Mining Bureau solicits comments on proposed actions including operating permit and exploration license applications and bond releases during statutorily defined comment periods. Comments are directed to specific staff personnel.
The Coal Program solicits comments on proposed actions including operating permits, permit amendments and bond releases during statutorily defined comment periods. Comments are directed to the Main DEQ Public Comment Site.
Opencut: This program regularly solicits public comment on gravel mining operations. Surface landowners in one-half mile proximity to a proposed opencut are notified by the applicant of a planned operation and given an opportunity to comment; if full public comment is requested, the period usually remains open for the duration of the permitting process. The Opencut Permitting Program has a Searchable Website where open applications and comment periods are posted. The Program also accepts comments by email at: DEQOpencut@mt.gov
Waste Management: This program encompasses Hazardous Waste, Junk Vehicle Facilities, and Solid Waste Facilities. Usually public comment will entail Environmental Assessments for facilities or for land applications, such as the Septic Pumpers Program. Solid Waste Facilities and Underground Tanks will often entail public comment.
Remediation Programs include a variety of programs including Federal Superfund, State Superfund, underground storage tanks, and groundwater remediation that may solicit comments on documents or proposed actions. Comments are generally requested in writing via hard copy submissions or by email to a specific staff person. In some instances, verbal comments at a public hearing may also be accepted. The Public/Legal Notice identifying the public comment period will include details on how to comment.