HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is accepting public comment on a request by Paul Kurth Mining for a partial bond release for reclamation done at a placer mine located about 20 miles southwest of Dillon in Beaverhead County.
DEQ currently holds a bond totaling $99,335 for the site. The company is requesting a partial bond release for completed grading, vegetation and debris cleanup. DEQ inspected the site on June 8, 2016 and believes the reclamation was performed satisfactorily and is proposing bond release in the amount of $33,002. The remainder of the bond would be retained to ensure additional grading, establishment of vegetation and weed control.
DEQ may not release or decrease a reclamation bond until the public has been given an opportunity for a hearing. A request for a hearing on the proposed bond release must be submitted by Sept. 26, 2016, to the address below.
Comments on the proposed bond release or requests for additional information should be sent to: Department of Environmental Quality, Hard Rock Mining Bureau, PO Box 200901, 1520 E. Sixth Ave., Helena, MT 59620-0901, or by calling Herb Rolfes at 406-444-3841 or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information or to set up an interview for this story, please contact: Lisa Peterson, DEQ Public Information Officer at 406-444-2929 or by email at: email@example.com