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Sep 13, 2013


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Lisa Peterson
Director's Office


DEQ Accepting Public Comments on Bull Mountain Coal Permit Expansion Application


Helena – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting comments on the acceptability of an application by Signal Peak Energy, LLC, to amend their operating permit for Bull Mountain Coal Mine # 1 in Roundup, Mont.

Signal Peak submitted Permit Application No. 3 on October 5, 2012. The company is proposing to increase the area of its mine permit for the underground coal mine by adding 7,161 acres and expanding the mine from five longwall panels to 14 longwall panels. The application includes approximately 20 acres of new surface disturbance and is a continuance of current mining activities.

The DEQ determined that the application was complete on December 14, 2012 and acceptable on September 3, 2013.

Comments on the determination of acceptability will be accepted until Wednesday September 23, 2013. Comments should be submitted to or mailed to Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Coal and Uranium Program, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901.

The application can be downloaded to view at The application is a very large file so it has been zipped and a link has been provided to a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site. The application can also be viewed at the DEQ office in Helena at 2001 11th Avenue, and in Billings at 1371 Rimtop Drive.

For more information, contact Robert Smith, DEQ Coal and Uranium Program at 406-444-7444 or by email at

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