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Jun 22, 2012

 

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Kristi Ponozzo
Director's Office
406-444-2813

 

Agencies Complete EIS for Troy Mine Revised Reclamation Plan

 

(TROY) The Kootenai National Forest and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have completed the Troy Mine Revised Reclamation Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement. The project would reclaim disturbed lands associated with the Troy Mine, located about 15 miles south of Troy near the Cabinet Mountains of northwestern Montana.

The Final EIS analyzed adit closure, mine water management, water treatment and monitoring, reclamation cover requirements, subsidence monitoring, debris disposal, and road closures. Although the Troy Mine has no plans for closing in the near future, this EIS serves to revise an outdated reclamation plan that was approved in 1978. The agencies currently hold a reclamation bond for the Troy Mine, however the current amount is not sufficient to cover all future reclamation activities to ensure compliance with water quality standards and other environmental requirements. This EIS will help determine a new bond.

The EIS evaluated alternatives for returning lands disturbed by mining to conditions appropriate for subsequent use of the area. Alternatives considered in detail include a No Action Alternative (the previously approved 1978 reclamation plan), the Proposed Action (Troy Mine, Inc.'s Revised Reclamation Plan), and an Agency-Mitigated Alternative (the Agencies' preferred alternative).

Public review and comment was solicited on the Draft EIS, and used in the preparation of this Final EIS. The public comment period started on May 20, 2011 and ended on August 5, 2011.

Electronic versions of these documents can be accessed by either the Montana DEQ's web site at www.deq.mt.gov or by accessing the Kootenai National Forest web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/kootenai/projects. You may request a hard copy document or an electronic document by contacting either of the agency contacts: Kristi Ponozzo, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59601, DEQTroyMine@mt.gov; or Bobbie Lacklen, Kootenai National Forest, 31374 U.S. 2 Libby, MT 59923-3022, TroyMineReclamation@fs.fed.us.

The Record of Decision (ROD) for the project will be issued approximately 30 days from the publication of the Notice of Availability of the Final EIS (40 CFR 1506.10). Notice of the decision will be published in the Daily Inter Lake. Instructions to file an appeal will be described in the ROD and published in the legal notice of the decision.

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