Helena – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is accepting comments on an application from ES Stone and Structure, Inc. to amend its operating permit. The company is authorized to remove rock for landscaping and masonry purposes at multiple sites under the permit.
The proposed amendment would add two additional rock removal sites in Cascade County. Site 19 is located on private land approximately 18 miles northwest of Great Falls. Site 20 is located on private land and a small section of state land approximately 11 miles west of Great Falls.
The proposed amendment would allow a disturbance of 20 acres at any one time at Site 19 and 25 acres at any one time at Site 20. ES Stone would use quarrying and surface rock picking methods that have been previously permitted.
Copies of the Environmental Assessment can be reviewed by the public at DEQ offices at 1520 E. 6th Ave., Helena, MT or online at: http://deq.mt.gov/Public/ea/hardrock The comment period for the EA will end on June 30, 2016.
For more information or to submit comments, contact Herb Rolfes, DEQ Hard Rock Mining Bureau, PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901, (406) 444-3841 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org