Helena - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is accepting comments until July 6, 2015 on the proposed remediation of groundwater contamination at the Loveland Product, Inc.’s herbicide formulating facility in Lockwood, just east of Billings. The company was formerly known as Transbas, Inc.
The proposed groundwater remedy includes requirements for monitored natural attenuation and administrative and legal controls that help minimize the potential for human exposure to contamination. The proposed remedy also includes enhanced bioremediation to destroy contaminants by injecting oxygen into the subsurface to accelerate the natural biodegradation process.
In addition, the proposed remedy includes requirements for further investigation and remediation, if necessary, in all of the areas of the facility that are inaccessible now because of plant operations.
DEQ prepared a Statement of Basis that explains the current status of the site and proposed remedy selected for affected groundwater and a draft Environmental Assessment in accordance with the Montana Environmental Policy Act.
The Statement of Basis and draft EA are available for examination at the DEQ Billings office located at 1371 Rimtop Drive, Billings, MT and at the DEQ, Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau, Metcalf Building, 1520 E. 6th Ave., Helena, MT. The documents are also available for review on DEQ’s website at: http://deq.mt.gov
During the public comment period, any interested person may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing must be in writing and must state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the hearing. If a hearing is held, DEQ will provide notice of the public hearing date at least thirty days prior to the hearing.
Written comments should be addressed to Ann Kron, DEQ Permitting and Compliance Division, Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901, or emailed to: DEQhazwaste@mt.gov Interested persons may also call Ann Kron at 406-444-5824 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. All written comments must be received by DEQ on or before July 6, 2015, for consideration.
Based on the comments received, DEQ will make a final decision on selecting a groundwater remedy. Notice will then be given to Loveland Products and to anyone who submitted written comments or requested a notice of the decision. The final remedy decision shall become effective thirty days after the service of notice of the decision, unless a later effective date is specified by DEQ. If no comments are received, the final remedy decision becomes effective immediately upon notice of DEQ’s final decision.