Brian Walker, Public Information Officer
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
DEQ seeks Public Comment on Colstrip Steam Electric Station Report
HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on a report about wastewater facilities at the Colstrip Steam Electric Station.
The Revised Remedy Evaluation Report for Units 3 and 4 is required under the Administrative Order on Consent between DEQ and Talen Montana, LLC (formerly PPL Montana), regarding groundwater contamination at Colstrip. The order requires an investigation and remediation at the facilities related to the groundwater contamination caused by leaking ash ponds.
The report analyzes feasible remedial alternatives and identifies Talen’s preferred remedy. Talen’s proposed remedy consists of installing more capture wells and new clean water injection wells, which will expedite the clean-up process for existing groundwater impacts. Additionally, source control measures include closing and capping ponds that are not currently in use or planned for future use, and operation of an underdrain collection system to mitigate current and future seepage from the ponds. Ponds that continue to operate past July 1, 2022, are required to switch to dry stack storage. All ponds will be closed and capped upon plant shutdown.
Copies of the reports are at DEQ, 1520 E. Sixth Ave., Helena; Talen Montana, 303 N. Broadway, Suite 400, Billings; and the Bicentennial Library, 419 Willow Ave., Colstrip. Reports are also at: http://deq.mt.gov/DEQAdmin/mfs/ColstripSteamElectricStation Public comment is currently being requested on the Units 3 & 4 Remedy Evaluation Report (August 2019), which is filed on the website under Documents.
The public comment period starts Oct. 11 and ends Nov. 22. Written comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 22, and can be sent to: Sara Edinberg, Waste Management and Remediation Division, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901, or: DEQColstrip@mt.gov DEQ will conduct a public meeting on the report if a written request is received within 10 days of posting this notice by 10 or more people or by a group of 10 or more.