Helena -- The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is holding a public meeting on an application submitted by Riverside Contracting, Inc. for a proposed gravel operation in Park County. The mine is located approximately 3.8 miles southwest of Emigrant, directly west of U.S. Highway 89.
The public meeting will be from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016, at the Emigrant Town Hall, 3 Murphy Lane, in Emigrant.
Riverside Contracting has applied for a permit to mine, crush, screen, mill, stockpile, and transport approximately 250,000 cubic yards of gravel from the 23.7-acre site over a period of 20 years. Operations would be conducted as required to provide material for local construction projects.
An asphalt plant would be operated at the site when necessary for paving projects. The asphalt plant and crusher would be required to meet the conditions of air quality permits issued by DEQ. The permit would authorize the company to operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year. Mining would not be permitted to occur into the groundwater.
Topsoil and overburden would be stripped from the site prior to mining and would be stockpiled for reclamation. A reclamation bond would be held by DEQ to ensure the final reclamation to rangeland and/or pasture by October 2036.
The mining permit application can viewed at this web link: http://searchopencutpermits.mt.gov Users should Type "2824" into the "Permit Number" text field and click on "Application." DEQ will accept written comments throughout the permitting process; however submitting them by Monday, June 27, 2016, is highly recommended. Comments may be submitted by mail to DEQ Opencut Mining Program, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620 or by email to: DEQOpencut@mt.gov
DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities who wish to participate in the public meeting. If you require an accommodation, please contact Lisa Peterson at (406) 444-2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least three days before the meeting.
For more information about DEQ’s Opencut Mining program visit the DEQ website at www.deq.mt.gov/land/opencut or call 406-444-4970.