DEQ Special Information

This page will be updated as information becomes available. (Last update: Oct. 8, 2020)

DEQ COVID-19 Resources & Updates

Dear valued partners and stakeholders, we understand that you may have questions about public meetings and other DEQ services during the COVID-19 public health response. Though we are making modifications to our business practices, including increased remote working, DEQ remains committed to continuing to meet our regulatory obligations. This page is intended to provide resources, updates, and special information pertinent to DEQ stakeholders and the interested public during disruptions to regular working hours or business as usual.

Links to other important resources, including the State of Montana COVID-19 Updates website, are included in the navigation menu on the left.


General Policies & Notices


Requests for Compliance and Enforcement Discretion

DEQ is tracking requests for flexibility and discretion for current or anticipated challenges that are a direct result of the COVID-19 public health response. As set forth in our March 31, 2020, Compliance and Enforcement Discretion Memo (linked above), we will consider and respond to such requests on a case-by-case basis. In an effort to be transparent during these exceptional times, all requests for regulatory relief due to COVID-19 impacts, and the DEQ responses to such requests, will be posted on this website.

Any information, data, or other materials submitted to DEQ is subject to potential release pursuant to the Montana Public Records Act (Montana Code 2-6-101 et seq.). It is the duty of the submitter to notify DEQ, at the time of submittal, of any information it considers to be entitled to protection as “confidential information” as defined in § 2-6-1002(1), MCA. Please contact DEQ if you have questions.

Requestor Date of Request Date of Response Documents Status
Montana Resources, LLP September 21, 2020 October 6, 2020

Request

Response

In effect
Commonwealth Resources, LLC August 24, 2020 September 25, 2020

Request

Response

In effect
GCC - Trident July 22, 2020 September 16, 2020

Request

Response

In effect
Blackfoot Post Yard July 16, 2020 July 20, 2020

Request

Response

In effect

Sector-wide response: Transient and seasonal public water systems

Note: See documents for details

See spreadsheets for updates See spreadsheets for updates

DEQ Notice on Sampling Discretion

6/19 Seasonal System Requests & Approvals (Download spreadsheet)

6/19 Transient System Requests & Approvals (Download spreadsheet)

DEQ Guidance on Flushing Faucets after Non-Use

In effect
Huttig Building Products - Missoula White Pine Sash Site May 21, 2020 June 15, 2020

Request

Response

In effect
Weyerhaeuser May 8, 2020 June 10, 2020

Request

Response

In effect
Malteurop May 5, 2020 June 10, 2020

Request

Response

In effect
Denbury Onshore March 31, 2020 May 15, 2020

Request

Response

In effect
Troy Mine Inc. April 7, 2020 May 14, 2020

Request

Response

Work resumed
ExxonMobil - Bozeman Marketing Terminal April 10, 2020 April 24, 2020

Request

Response

Work resumed
City of Missoula April 15, 2020 April 23, 2020

Request

Response

Work resumed
Valley Farmers Supply Company April 14, 2020 April 23, 2020

Email Request & Response

Work resumed
Roseburg Forest Products April 13, 2020 April 23, 2020

Request

Response

In effect
Calumet Montana Refining April 2, 2020 April 23, 2020

Request

Response

Calumet Update

6/17 Response

Work resumed
Signal Peak Energy - Bull Mountain Mine April 13, 2020 April 14, 2020

Request

Response

Work resumed
Decker Coal Company - East Decker April 13, 2020 April 13, 2020

Request

Response

Work resumed
Navajo Transitional Energy Company - Spring Creek Mine April 9, 2020 April 13, 2020

Bond Update Request

Bond Update Response

Work resumed
Navajo Transitional Energy Company - Spring Creek Mine April 9, 2020 April 10, 2020

Bond Calculation Request

Bond Calculation Response

Work resumed
NorthWestern Energy Helena April 7, 2020 April 8, 2020

Request & Response Summary

In effect
Montana Environmental Trust Group - Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex April 3, 2020 April 8, 2020

Request

Email Response

5/21 Approval to Delay Until June 1

Work resumed
Omimex Compressor Stations 002 & 015 April 2, 2020 April 2, 2020

Request & Response Summary

Phone Log

In effect
Westmoreland Rosebud Mining - Rosebud Mine April 1, 2020

April 2, 2020

April 3, 2020

Request

Vegetation Response

Wildlife Response

Work resumed
Sidney Red-E-Mix March 31, 2020 March 31, 2020

Email Request & Response

April 23 Email Follow-Up

Work resumed
BNSF Livingston March 30, 2020 March 30, 2020

Email Request & Response

Work resumed
Montana Department of Transportation - Plains March 25, 2020 March 25, 2020

Request & Response Summary

In effect
BNSF Whitefish March 23, 2020 March 24, 2020

Email Request & Response

Work resumed
BNSF KRY (Kalispell Area) March 20, 2020 March 22, 2020

Email Request & Response

Work resumed
BNSF Havre March 19, 2020 March 19, 2020

Email Request & Response

Work resumed
BNSF Missoula March 18, 2020 March 19, 2020

Email Request & Response

Work resumed

Public Event Cancellations & Resources

The table below shows meeting and event cancellations and associated resources. As events are rescheduled, that information will be added to the table. Please check back periodically for updates.

Event Date & Location Status Rescheduled For / Notes
Mine Design, Operations & Closure Conference

May 2020

Fairmont Hot Springs

Postponed

Rescheduled for August 16-20, 2020

Website for more info: https://www.mtech.edu/mwtp/

Water Sector Emergency Response Exercise

April 21

Great Falls

Cancelled
Nevada Creek Watershed Harmful Algae Bloom Public Meeting

April 16 at 5:30pm

Helmville

In-person portion

cancelled

Click to Join Zoom Meeting

Or join by phone at 646-558-8656

Meeting ID: 856 834 478

DEQ & US Forest Service Meeting

April 15

Missoula

Cancelled
Public Hearing on Water Quality Standards Triennial Review

April 6

Helena

Postponed

June 10, 2020, at 1:00 PM in Room 45 of the Metcalf Building (1520 E 6th Ave, Helena)

Link to page with instructions on how to comment

Butte-Silver Bow Commission Meeting on Butte Priority Soils

April 1

Butte

Postponed
Quarterly Petroleum Tank Compensation Board Meeting

March 30

Helena

Postponed April 20
EPA Region 8 Radon Conference

March 26-27

Helena

Cancelled
Solid Waste Advisory Committee

March 26

Helena

Cancelled Next meeting July 9
DEQ Clean Air Act Advisory Committee Meeting

March 25

Helena

Cancelled
EPA Meeting RE: Libby Asbestos Superfund Transition

March 25

Libby

Postponed
Butte-Silver Bow Commission Meeting on Butte Priority Soils

March 25

Butte

Postponed
Public Hearing on Asbestos Rulemaking

March 24

Helena

Postponed

Public hearing will be held via remote conferencing on April 29 at 10 a.m.

Join by telephone by dialing 1 (866) 906-9888, meeting ID: 5969240

Link to Public Notice Page

Water Pollution Control Advisory Committee

March 20

Helena

Cancelled
Smith River Algae Study Public Meeting

March 19

White Sulphur Springs

Cancelled Link to video recording on DEQ YouTube Channel
Libby Asbestos Superfund Oversight Committee

March 18

Libby

Postponed Rescheduled for May 26. More details at http://deq.mt.gov/DEQAdmin/dir/libby/SATeam