(Helena) The Montana Department of Environmental Quality completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed amendment to CR Kendall’s Operating Permit. The CR Kendall Mine is an open pit mine in closure status located on the eastern flanks of the North Moccasin Mountains in Fergus County.
DEQ issued a Draft EIS on September 10, 2015. The Draft EIS and the Final EIS include a detailed statement on the environmental impacts of the No Action Alternative, the Proposed Action, the Process Pad Drainage Pretreatment Alternative, and the Process Pad Barrier Cover Alternative. Through public involvement, issues that were identified and analyzed included, but were not limited to:
- The effects of the mine closure actions on surface water and groundwater quantity and quality;
- The effects of the mine closure actions on soils and reclamation.
DEQ has identified the Process Pad Drainage Pretreatment Alternative as its preferred alternative in the Final EIS. DEQ will set forth its final decision and rationale in a Record of Decision. DEQ must wait a minimum of 15 days from the release of the Final EIS before issuing the ROD. The ROD identifies the decision, the reasons for the decision, and any special conditions surrounding the decision or its implementation.
DEQ appreciates the public’s participation in the CR Kendall EIS Project. Additional copies of the Final EIS are available from DEQ (contact Jen Lane, 406-444-4956), or on DEQ’s website: http://deq.mt.gov/public/eis A copy of the ROD will be sent to everyone who receives the Final EIS.