Helena – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is accepting comments from the public on an application by URS Energy and Construction, Inc. to increase the size of a rock quarry located near the former Pipestone RV campground in Jefferson County.
URS Energy and Construction submitted an application to the DEQ and the Bureau of Land Management for an amendment to its operating permit authorizing an increase in the permitted area from 94.7 acres to 98.5 acres. The amendment would also increase the disturbance area from 62.5 acres to 64.6 acres, allowing the mining of an additional 1,240,000 tons of rock for railroad ballast and extending the life of mine by four years to 2025.
If the amendment is approved, the depth of the existing pit would be increased. The length and size of the pit would not change as mining would be conducted within the currently permitted boundary. The flow path of the ephemeral channel located on the east side of the pit would be altered to flow into the reclaimed pit.
A draft Environmental Assessment has been completed for the application. The comment period on the EA ends on April 6, 2015.
The amendment application and draft EA is posted on DEQ’s web page at http://deq.mt.gov Copies of the amendment application can also be viewed at DEQ offices located at 1520 E. 6th Ave., in Helena.
To comment or for information on the proposed amendment, contact Herb Rolfes, DEQ Environmental Management Bureau, PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901, (406) 444-3841. Comments can also be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org