Helena --The Montana Department of Environmental Quality announced that Fisher Sand & Gravel has resolved a violation of the Montana Water Quality Act that occurred at the company's Mobley Pit in Laurel.
Fisher discharged wastewater from pit dewatering into an adjacent wetland without the necessary permit. DEQ’s General Permit for Discharges Associated with Sand and Gravel Operations allows for discharges as long as certain conditions are met, including monitoring the discharge for total suspended solids, and oil and grease, to ensure the discharge meets water quality standards. The primary concern with wastewater from sand and gravel operations is sediment.
No violation of the water quality standard for turbidity was documented by the department. Fisher obtained the necessary permit and agreed to pay a penalty of $18,654 to resolve the violation.
For additional information about Montana’s Water Quality Act, please call the DEQ Water Quality Division at 406-444-6697 or visit the web site: http://deq.mt.gov/Water