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.
The Opencut program regularly solicits public comment on gravel mining operations. Surface landowners in one-half mile proximity to a proposed operation are notified by the applicant 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 program has a Searchable Website where open applications and comment periods are posted. The Program also accepts comments by email at: DEQOpencut@mt.gov
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. The program accepts comments by email at DEQswprogram@mt.gov or by hard copy to the main DEQ address above.
These programs include Federal Superfund, State Superfund, underground storage tanks, and groundwater remediation. Any 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 are accepted. The Public/Legal Notice identifying the public comment period will include details on how to comment.