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Jul 17, 2013


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Dan Kenney


Lewistown Company Settles Opencut Mining Violation


HELENA - Thomas Carter, owner of Carter Dirt Works, recently agreed to pay $3,220 to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for failing to obtain a permit for his gravel pit north of Lewistown, Montana.

Over several years, Carter mined more than 10,000 cubic yards of gravel from the pit without obtaining an opencut mining permit. Mining gravel without a permit is a violation, because there is no approved plan of operation or financial assurance in place to properly reclaim the disturbed area once mining operations are finished.

Carter agreed in a consent order to pay the penalty, submit an application to DEQ, and obtain an opencut mining permit. "Mr. Carter was unaware of the laws governing opencut mining and thus far has been cooperative with DEQ," said Daniel Kenney, DEQ Enforcement Specialist.

Persons who have questions about the requirements for opencut mining operations may contact DEQ's Industrial and Energy Minerals Bureau at (406) 444-4970 or visit DEQ's web site at

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