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Apr 05, 2013


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Jeffrey Herrick
Director's Office


DEQ Holding Meeting to Gather Public Comment on Proposed Garnet Mine in Madison County


Helena – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a scoping meeting to gather comments from the public on an application by Garnet USA for an open pit industrial garnet mine at the Red Wash Hard Rock Site located approximately 4.5 miles southeast of Alder, Montana.

DEQ is planning to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will discuss the potential impacts of the proposed mine. A scoping meeting will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Alder Community Hall (Fire Department) in Alder on Upper Ruby Road between 1st Street and Judy Lane. The purpose of the scoping meeting is to identify possible environmental issues that the state should address in the environmental review. At the scoping meeting, DEQ staff will explain the environmental review process and take comments.

Scoping comments must be received by Friday, April 26, 2013. Written comments may be submitted to Jeffrey Herrick, DEQ Director’s Office, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901 or electronically to Garnet USA’s operating permit application can be viewed at Questions on the proposed project may be directed to Jeffrey Herrick at or (406) 444-3276.

The DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for persons with a disability that may interfere with their ability to participate in the scoping meetings or public comment process. Accommodations can be arranged by contacting Lisa Peterson at 406-444-2929 or

Summary of the Red Wash Hard Rock Site Project

Garnet USA currently has an operating permit for a processing facility and mining of nearby dredge tails and an additional placer mine site (Red Wash Alluvial Mine Site). The Red Wash Hard Rock Site Project proposed by the company in its application would authorize an open pit garnet mine located approximately 4.5 miles southeast of the processing facility on land owned by the company in Madison County. Highway 287, Anderson Lane and ranch roads would be used to access the site. Ore from the new mine site would be hauled on the same road used under the existing operating permit. The garnet concentration in the ore at the Red Wash Hard Rock site is expected to be a higher concentration than the ore from the Red Wash Alluvial Mine Site. The estimated life of this mine site is 37 years producing 50,000 tons of industrial garnet output per year.

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