HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has extended the review period for an opencut mining permit application for a 74-acre site known as Donnes, located one mile east of Shepherd in Yellowstone County. The permit application has been submitted by Riverside Contracting, Inc.
The extended review notification letter was sent to the permit applicant Friday, April 26, giving DEQ 60 days to do one of three things: issue a deficiency letter requiring more information from the applicant; approve the permit; or extend the review period an additional 30 days, after which point DEQ must either issue a deficiency letter or approve the permit.
DEQ extended the review period after receiving numerous public comments, both during the public meeting at Shepherd High School and via mail and email, that revealed substantial issues regarding the permit application.
The permit application can be viewed at searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering “Donnes” in the “Site Name” box or by entering “3077” in the “Opencut #” box and clicking the “Search” button. Written comments may continue to be submitted throughout the comment period by visiting the DEQ Opencut Mining Section’s webpage at: deq.mt.gov/Land/opencut Click the “Public Comment” tab and scroll to “Public Comment for Riverside Contracting Inc. – Donnes – Opencut # 3077.”
Comments may be submitted by U.S. Mail to:
DEQ Opencut Mining Section
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901