HELENA – The Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on an Opencut mining permit application for a 30.8-acre site known as Alexander located one-half mile northwest of Frenchtown in Missoula County. The permit application has been submitted by Nelcon, Inc.
DEQ will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Frenchtown High School located at 17620 Frontage Road just west of Frenchtown. DEQ specialists will provide information and answer questions during the open house portion of the meeting (6-7 p.m.). During the public comment portion (7-8:30 p.m.), DEQ will provide a short presentation after which citizens will have the opportunity to provide oral comments about the proposed application. Written comments will also be accepted.
The permit application can be viewed at https://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering “Alexander” in the “Site Name” box and clicking the “Submit” button.
DEQ must assess the application under a tight schedule and is seeking relevant information from citizens with knowledge of local conditions. If comments received reveal substantial issues not adequately satisfied in the proposed Plan of Operation, DEQ can conduct an extended review of the application.
DEQ must make this determination by August 9, 2017. Therefore, it is recommended that citizens submit comments before August 2. Written comments can also be submitted at the meeting, or by email using the “Public Comment for Nelcon, Inc. - Alexander” link under “Opencut News” at http://deq.mt.gov/Land/opencut, or by U.S. Mail addressed to the DEQ Opencut Mining Section, PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901.
The DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities who wish to participate in the meeting. If you require an accommodation, please contact Elizabeth Smith at 406-755-8965 or by email at: ESmith@mt.gov