HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is in the process of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement under the Montana Environmental Policy Act for the Montana Resources permit amendment to raise the Yankee Doodle Tailings Impoundment in Butte.
The first phase in preparing an EIS is to determine the scope of analysis. DEQ is asking for comments from federal, tribal, state and local governments and interested persons and groups that help identify issues likely to involve significant impacts and possible alternatives to be considered in the EIS.
The scoping comments will inform the preparation of the EIS. The EIS will analyze the potential impacts of the proposed amendment and serve as the MEPA review for other potential permits that may be amended by DEQ.
The scoping comment period will begin Friday, September 14, 2018, and end Monday, October 15, 2018. The public scoping meeting will be held on Thursday, October 4 from 5-8 p.m. at the Clarion Inn Copper King, 4655 Harrison Ave. in Butte, Mont. The open house portion of the meeting will be from 5-6:30 p.m. A presentation from DEQ regarding the EIS and permitting process will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the opportunity for the public to provide oral and/or written testimony.
Under current law, DEQ has one year from the issuance of the more detailed compliance document to complete an Environmental Impact Statement. DEQ has hired a contractor to assist in the preparation of the EIS.
Montana Resources applied to DEQ for the amendments on October 6, 2017 under the Metal Mine Reclamation Act. DEQ determined the Montana Resources amendment application was complete and compliant and issued a draft amendment approval on August 31, 2018.
The permit application is available for the public to view at DEQ’s main office in Helena (1520 East 6th Avenue) or on DEQ’s website (http://deq.mt.gov/Land/hardrock).
Scoping comments may be submitted at the public meeting, electronically DEQMTResourcesMEPA@mt.gov, or by postal mail to the following address:
Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901
Questions on the environmental review may also be directed to Mr. Jones electronically firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-444-0514. Comments must be submitted to DEQ no later than October 15, 2018.
DEQ will not accept comments that are threatening, defamatory, libelous, slanderous, or discriminatory in nature. DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities who wish to participate in the meeting. If you require an accommodation, please contact Craig Jones at 406-444-0514 or email@example.com.