HELENA – The Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on an opencut mining permit application for a 45.3-acre site known as Ullman, located 6.5-mile north of Sidney in Richland County. The permit application has been submitted by Nelcon, Inc.
DEQ will hold a public meeting Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Sidney located at 1500 S. Central Ave., just south of Sidney.
The meeting format is as follows:
6-6:30 p.m. – DEQ specialists will provide information during an open house.
6:30-7:45 p.m. – DEQ will give a brief presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session.
7:45-9 p.m. – Citizens will have the opportunity to provide oral comments about the proposed application. Written comments also will be accepted.
The permit application can be viewed at searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering “Ullman” in the “Site Name” box and clicking the “Search” button.
DEQ must assess the application under a tight schedule and is seeking relevant information from citizens with knowledge of local conditions. If comments received reveal substantial issues not adequately satisfied in the proposed Plan of Operation, DEQ can conduct an extended review of the application.
DEQ must make this determination by Nov. 26, 2018. Therefore, it is recommended that citizens submit comments prior to that date. To submit a comment by email, visit: deq.mt.gov/Land/opencut Comments may be sent by U.S. Mail to:
DEQ Opencut Mining Section
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901
DEQ makes reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities who wish to participate in meetings. If you require an accommodation, please contact Nicole Newman at 406-444-4949 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org