Welcome to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Public Comment Gateway site.
An important part of DEQ’s mission is public involvement. Many of the programs listed below accept comment from the public on permitting or licensing of activities that affect the environment. A number of our waste management and remediation responsibilities also have an important public comment component.
DEQ accepts Public Comment in a variety of ways, depending on the program and specific laws and rules that govern the programs. We accept written comments mailed to the DEQ offices at the Metcalf Building in Helena. Comments are also accepted via email directed to a specific program. Comment may also be received at Public Hearings, in writing and sometimes as recorded oral comment.
Increasingly, we accept comments submitted through dedicated websites tailored to the submission and processing of public comments. Examples of this include the main DEQ Public Comment site. Another would be the Clean Water Act Information Center comment site.
These sites allow users to access detailed information about the topic under consideration, enter comments, and attach supporting material via a single web application. Any DEQ program expecting a large volume of comments may use the DEQ Public Comment Application from time to time and citizens are encouraged to check the site for open periods.
DEQ regularly holds Public Meetings for many of its programs and comments are sometimes accepted and recorded at these events. We also regularly purchase and post Legal/Public Notices, which may entail an opportunity for the public to provide comment. In a similar fashion, DEQ regularly performs Environmental Assessments that may entail public comment. The department will collect public comment on Environmental Impact Statements as well, although these are less common than EAs.