Helena -- The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is accepting comments on an application submitted by Block Mountain Slate and Stone for a permit to operate a rock quarry at seven sites located near Plains.
Six of the sites are on private land with the seventh on Department of Natural Resources & Conservation land. The operating permit would cover a total of 501.2 acres. About 52 acres would be disturbed over the next five years, with about 99 acres to be disturbed over the life of the operation, which is estimated to be about 20 years.
The materials to be quarried are rock outcrops and talus slopes. Rock would be removed by various methods such as: hand picking, drilling and blasting, and ripping with a dozer and/or excavator. The rock would be used for landscaping, building stone, riprap, and as aggregate.
The DEQ has prepared a Draft Environmental Analysis for the proposed permit. Comments on the Draft EA may be submitted by mail to Herb Rolfes, Hard Rock Mining Bureau, PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments must be received by June 10, 2016.
The Draft EA is available on the DEQ website at http://deq.mt.gov/Land/hardrock; or by contacting Herb Rolfes at 406-444-3841.