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Mar 27, 2012


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Daniel R. Kenney
(406) 444-1453


Flathead County Opencut Operator Resolves Enforcement Action


Helena -- Les Keller paid the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) a $480 penalty to resolve a violation of the Montana Opencut Mining Act.

In January 2012, DEQ issued an administrative order citing Keller for failing to submit the 2010 annual progress report for his opencut mining operation in Flathead County, Montana. The order assessed a $480 penalty for the violation. Keller returned to compliance by submitting the delinquent progress report and paying the assessed administrative penalty.

Persons who have questions about the requirements for opencut mining operations may contact DEQ’s Opencut Mining Program at (406) 444-4970 or should visit DEQ’s web site at

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