Public Comment Periods

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The Golden Sunlight Mine (located approximately five miles northeast of Whitehall, Mont.) has applied for an amendment to their current operating permit to excavate and reprocess tailings and extend the life of the mine by up to 12 years. The proposed activities would occur within the existing permitted disturbance area and would be reclaimed after excavation.

The public has an opportunity to participate in this review process and to identify environmental issues associated with the project. DEQ will accept comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) until the close of business on July 15, 2021. The comments will assist DEQ in establishing the scope of the Final EIS and DEQ’s preferred alternative.

The meeting will provide the public with information on the proposed project and an opportunity to provide formal comment. Participants are asked to register for the online meeting and sign up if they wish to provide comment during the meeting using this link: “Register for Zoom Meeting”. There will also be opportunity to sign up for public comment at the meeting.

July 15, 2021

Register for Zoom meeting and sign-up to provide comment (June 29th 6:30 pm)

Register

Draft EIS 

Public Meeting Materials 

DEQ will host a public meeting on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in person at the Borden Hotel (103 W Legion Ave.) in Whitehall as well as hosted virtually on Zoom (accessible both online and by telephone). 

Mail Comments To:
DEQ Director’s Office
c/o Craig Jones
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620

Or Email to:  mepa@mt.gov

 Operable Unit 8 of the Asbestos Superfund site is being proposed to delete from the National Priorities List. Operable Unit 8 (OU8) consists of roadways and highways in and between the cities of Libby and Troy, including U.S. Highway 2, MT Highway 37 and county roads. These roads and highways have been cleaned up through remedial actions at other Operable Units of the site.

OU8 is considered protective of human health and the environment and does not require additional cleanup. OU8 is therefore eligible to be partially deleted from the site. Operations and maintenance activities, including reviews, will continue to evaluate and ensure protectiveness at OU8 into the future. 
 
June 14, 2021 LIBBY ASBESTOS SITE | Superfund Site Profile | Superfund Site Information | US EPA LIBBY ASBESTOS SITE | Superfund Site Profile | Superfund Site Information | US EPA

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ’s) Contaminated Site Cleanup Bureau is updating its 2011 Vapor Intrusion (VI) Guide.  DEQ is requesting your review and input before the document is finalized. 

The most significant updates to the VI guide include:

  • DEQ’s use of EPA’s 2015 guidance documents for petrol eum-only sites (petroleum vapor intrusion or PVI) and for other sites with volatile contaminants. 
  • Allowing appropriate use of EPA’s default attenuation factors when screening sites for potential VI. 
  • Updated separation distances
  • Updated PVI screening process
  • Appendix B, VI decision-making flowcharts (note the other appendices are largely unchanged)
June 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

DRAFT Montana VI Guide

Email Comments Directly To: Latysha Pankratz 

DEQ is seeking public comment on a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA).  The Draft EA has been prepared to assess impacts from a permit modification request at the ExxonMobil Billings Refinery, 700 ExxonMobil Road, Billings, Montana, 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 30-day public comment period on the draft EA begins on April 7, 2021. 

May 10, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Draft Environmental Assessment

Permit Redline/Strikeout

Fact Sheet

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

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.

The public comment period for the Proposed Plan began on February 26, 2021 and has been extended until May 2nd, 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
 
Or via email: zachary.neudeck@mt.gov
 
Comments received through the postal service must be postmarked no later than May 2nd, 2021, and comments submitted electronically must be received no later than 11:59 pm MST on May 2nd, 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)

EIS Scoping Materials
 

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