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Aug 08, 2012

 

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Herb Rolfes
Permitting and Compliancence
406-444-3841

 

DEQ Seeks Public Comments on Application to Expand Rock Quarry Near Chinook

 

Helena – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has received an application from Shumaker Trucking and Excavating Contractors, Inc., to amend their Operating Permit to add an additional site. The amendment would allow the company to continue to quarry rock on private land approximately 14 miles southeast of Chinook about 2 miles off of Cleveland Road (Route 240) in Blaine County, Montana.

Shumaker is seeking to add the site to its existing operating permit because it is proposing to disturb more than the five acres allowed under the company’s existing Small Miner Exclusion Statement.

The amendment would cover a total of 160 acres. About 15 to 25 acres would be disturbed over the next five years, with about 53 acres to be disturbed over the life of mine, which is estimated to be about 50 years. Ground disturbance would range up to approximately 50 feet in depth. Shumaker would use trucks, dozers, loaders and excavators to remove the rock. Blasting would be required. A portable processing plant would be used, as well as crushers, and a pugmill. An asphalt plant would also be set up on site.

DEQ has prepared a draft expanded Checklist Environmental Assessment (Draft CEA) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the proposed operation. Copies of the draft CEA can be obtained at DEQ offices at 1520 E. 6th Ave., in Helena, MT. The draft CEA is also posted on the DEQ web page: http://www.deq.mt.gov/ea/hardrock.mcpx.

Comments on the draft CEA must be submitted to DEQ by August 24, 2012. Comments or questions on the proposed operation should sent to Herb Rolfes, Operating Permit Section Supervisor, DEQ Environmental Management Bureau, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901, (406) 444-3841 or e-mail at hrolfes@mt.gov.

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