Public Comment Periods

The documents listed in the links above may not be included in the list below.

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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.

April 2, 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 April 2, 2021, and comments submitted electronically must be received no later than 11:59 pm MST on April 2, 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)

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

DEQ has received a request for a partial bond release for Troy Mine, Inc., at a site approximately 10 to 15 miles south of Troy in Lincoln County.

December 8, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Hard Rock Mining Legal Notices

Mail comments and/or request for public hearing to:
DEQ Hard Rock Mining Program
c/o Herb Rolfes
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901

Or email to: hrolfes@mt.gov

DEQ is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment for a proposed exploration mining project near Zortman, MT. The draft EA is specific to a new exploration project proposed by Blue Arc LLC to extract a 1,000-ton bulk sample from a single trench site at an exposed highwall of the former Zortman Mine.

November 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Hard Rock Mining Pending Environmental Reviews

Mail comments to:
DEQ Hard Rock Mining Program
c/o Jake Mohrmann
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901

Or email to:
DEQMEPA@mt.gov

The Board of Environmental Review is soliciting comments on the proposed amendment and adoption of rules pertaining to selenium water quality standards for Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai River.

A public hearing was held via Zoom. To view a recording of the hearing, visit DEQ's public meetings page.

November 23, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

A public hearing will be held on Nov. 5, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

Notice to Hold Virtual Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment and Adoption (MAR Notice No. 17-414)

Mail comments to:
Sandy Scherer, Paralegal
Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901

Or email to:
sscherer@mt.gov

DEQ, in partnership with the City of Harlowton in Wheatland County, is seeking public comment for a draft EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant application  for the  Milwaukee Road Roundhouse to address asbestos and petroleum contaminated soils at the former railyard.

For more information on how to submit written comments, please visit: Montana DEQ Arcgis Hub

Public Notice 

October 16, 2020, at midnight

Montana DEQ Arcgis Hub

Harlowton City Library,
13 Central Ave.,
Harlowton, MT

DEQ Brownfields Program, 1225 Cedar St., Helena, MT

Mail comments to:
DEQ Brownfields Program
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901

Or email to:
jseyler@mt.gov

DEQ is seeking comments on the issuance of a 401 Water Quality Certification for the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. 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 information on how to attend the remote public hearing, please click here.

Public Notice

Public Meeting PowerPoint

Press Release

 

November 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Keystone XL Pipeline Project web page

Mail comments to:
DEQ Water Quality Division, Water Protection Bureau
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901

Or email to:
DEQWPBPublicComments@mt.gov

DEQ is seeking comments (and holding a remote public meeting) on the Westmoreland Rosebud Area B AM5 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  Westmoreland Rosebud, LLC has submitted an amendment application under the Montana Strip, Underground Mining and Reclamation Act (MSUMRA) and an application for a new Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (MPDES) permit. The Draft EIS discloses the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project pursuant to the requirements of the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA).

To request a link for the remote public meeting, please click here.

Press Release

Extended by request to November 23, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

MEPA EIS Document Library

 

Mail comments to:
Montana DEQ
Attn: Jen Lane, MEPA Coordinator
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901

Or email to:
rosebud-mine-area-b-eis@eroresources.com

Ensure the subject line reads Attn: Rosebud Mine Area B AM5 EIS

DEQ is seeking comments (and holding a remote public meeting) on the Colstrip Units 1 and 2 Revised Remedy Evaluation Report, Part 2. The report submitted by the operator at Colstrip, Talen Montana, LLC, is required under the Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) between DEQ and Talen. The AOC requires an investigation and remediation of groundwater contamination caused by leaking ash ponds.

October 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

DEQ Colstrip Web Page under Documents

Also available for review at:
DEQ Metcalf Building at 1520 E Sixth Ave, Helena;
Talen Montana office at 303 N Broadway, Suite 400, Billings; and
Bicentennial Library, 419 Willow Ave, Colstrip

Mail comments to:
DEQ Waste Management and Remediation Division
c/o Sara Edinberg
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620

Or email to:
DEQColstrip@mt.gov

The Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public input on a draft plan by Bonner Property Development (BPD) to remove waste at the Bonner Mill Site Repository in Missoula County and to dispose of it in the Republic Landfill in Missoula.

Bonner Mill Repository Removal Action Design 

Bonner Mill Repository Removal Plan Drawings

Press Release

The Department will accept public input until 5:00 p.m. on October 9, 2020

 

Stimson-Bonner Mill PCB Site, under Current Activities Tab 

Federal Superfund Program
1225 Cedar Street
Helena, MT

Mail public input to:
DEQ, Attn: Federal Superfund Public Comment
MT DEQ/WMRD
PO Box 200901

Helena, MT 59620-0901

Email comments to: DEQFSCB@mt.gov

The Department of Environmental Quality (Department) is inviting public comment on the submittal of a proposed Request for Redesignation of the Whitefish particulate matter smaller than 10 microns (PM10) nonattainment area to attainment and a proposed Whitefish Attainment Area Maintenance Plan.  The proposal will be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a revision to the Montana State Implementation Plan (SIP).

The Whitefish PM10 nonattainment area has attained the 1987 PM10 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  The Department has provided a demonstration that the area has attained and will maintain compliance with the 1987 PM10 NAAQS.

The Department will accept public comment for 30 days beginning on Friday, September 18, 2020 through Monday, October 19, 2020.

To be guaranteed consideration, written comments must be postmarked on or before 5:00 p.m.

Public Notice

Whitefish PM10 Redesignation Request

Mail comments to:
DEQ Air Quality Bureau
Attn: Liz Ulrich
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901

Email comments to: EUlrich@mt.gov

DEQ is seeking comments (and holding a remote public meeting) on the proposed Remediation Plan for Colstrip Units 1 & 2. The report submitted by the operator at Colstrip, Talen Montana, LLC, is required under the 2017 Coal-Fired Generating Unit Remediation Act (Sect. 75-8-105, MCA). A brief summary of the proposed Remediation Plan is provided in the public notice linked below.

Public Notice

Press Release

November 2, 2020, 11:59 p.m. DEQ Colstrip Web Page under Documents

Mail comments to:
DEQ Waste Management and Remediation Division
c/o Sara Edinberg
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620

Or email to:
DEQColstrip@mt.gov

Public Comment Period for combined Draft Environmental Assessment for Underground Storage Tanks and a Public Wastewater Treatment facility for the Proposed Love's Travel Stop in Silver Bow County at Ramsay, MT

Draft EA

Public Notice Letter

Press Release

October 8, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality
Underground Storage Tank Program
Helena, MT 59620-0901 

Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality
UST Program 
P.O. Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901 

or electronically to:
dequstprogram@mt.gov

DEQ is seeking public comment on a Consent Decree for BNSF to manage future operations and maintenance and institutional controls for Operable Unit 6 of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site in Libby, Mont.

Public Notice

September 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Federal Register Notice

Mail comments to:
Attn: Federal Superfund Public Comment, MT DEQ/WMRD
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620
Email: DEQFSCB@mt.gov

DEQ is seeking public comment (and holding a remote Public Meeting) on a draft water quality improvement plan for the Sheep Creek Aluminum TMDL: Draft Sheep Creek Aluminum TMDL

Appendix A
Appendix B

Press Release

September 22, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
The document may be accessed electronically at the White Sulphur Springs Public Library

Electronic:  http://comment.cwaic.mt.gov/
DEQ - Water Quality Division
PO Box 200901
Helena MT  59620
Email: LVolpe@mt.gov

DEQ is seeking public comment on an abandoned coal mine fire abatement program Environmental Assessment known as Iverson Mine.

September 15, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
The document may be accessed electronically at: Iverson Mine

To submit comment, please email Scott Graham at: sgraham3@mt.gov

To comment by mail, please write to Scott Graham, 1225 Cedar St., Helena, MT 59601

DEQ is inviting public comment on Montana's 2020 Draft Water Quality Integrated Report and three assessment method documents:

September 27, 2020, 5:00p.m. To view the 2020 Draft Water Quality Integrated Report, and additional documents, visit the Clean Water Act website

To submit comment electronically, visit the Clean Water Act Public Comment website. To comment by mail, please write to: Integrated Report Coordinator, Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901.

DEQ is seeking public comment (and holding a remote Public Meeting) on a draft water quality improvement plan for nine metals impaired streams within the Beaverhead River drainage in Beaverhead and Madison Counties: Draft Beaverhead Metals TMDLs

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C

Press Release

August 21, 2020, 5:00 p.m.  
The draft document may be accessed electronically at the Dillon Public Library.    

Electronic:  http://comment.cwaic.mt.gov/
DEQ - Water Quality Division
PO Box 200901
Helena MT  59620
Email: etrum@mt.gov

DEQ is seeking public comment (and holding a remote Public Meeting) on a draft water quality improvement plan for 20 tributaries of the Madison River in Madison and Gallatin Counties: Draft Madison Sediment and Temperature and Water Quality Improvement Plan

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F
Appendix G
Appendix H
Appendix I
Appendix J

Press Release

August 20, 2020, 5:00 p.m.  
The draft document may be accessed electronically at the Madison Valley Public Library  in Ennis.    

Electronic:  http://comment.cwaic.mt.gov/
DEQ - Water Quality Division
PO Box 200901
Helena MT  59620
Email: cstaten@mt.gov

Public Notice for the Developmental Technologies Facility (Facility) in Bozeman
July 5, 2020 and electronically before 11:59 p.m., July 5, 2020
Copies of site-related documents are available at the DEQ State Superfund Unit office located at 1225 Cedar St. in Helena

Jason Seyler
DEQ - Remediation Division
PO Box 200901
Helena MT  59601
Email: jseyler@mt.gov