For Immediate Release
May 18, 2016
Contact: Kristi Ponozzo, 406-444-2813
DEQ Issues ROD for Kendall Mine Closure
Record of Decision outlines continuing reclamation of closed mine
(Helena) The Department of Environmental Quality has issued a Record of Decision addressing a final closure plan for the CR Kendall Mine. The CR Kendall Mine was an open pit mine operated by CR Kendall Corp. and has been in closure status since 1997. The mine is located on the eastern flanks of the North Moccasin Mountains in Fergus County.
DEQ issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement in September 2015 followed by a public comment period. A Final EIS was issued in April 2016. DEQ evaluated several alternatives and selected the alternative that will achieve water quality standards for arsenic as well as all other contaminants.
With DEQ’s regulatory oversight, CR Kendall has already reclaimed much of the mine site. The company has reclaimed four mine pits and the waste rock dumps, tested potential water treatment technology, and initiated water capture and treatment of contaminated water. In addition, CR Kendall has constructed water collection systems upgradient of the mine to enhance flows in Little Dog Creek and South Fork Last Chance Creek downgradient of the mine. The heap leach pads have been recontoured, capped with soil and revegetated.
The ROD explains the decision, the reasons for the decision, and the conditions surrounding the decision and its implementation. The document can be viewed on the DEQ website at http://deq.mt.gov/public/eis
Paper copies are available by contacting Jen Lane, 406-444-4956.