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Mar 11, 2014


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Lisa Peterson
Permitting and Compliance


DEQ Gives Final Approval to Garnet Mine Permit Amendment


HELENA - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has given final approval for an amendment to Garnet USA's operating permit. The mine is located near Alder, Mont.

The DEQ's Record of Decision (ROD) authorizes Garnet USA to mine garnet ore at the Red Wash Hard Rock Mine site and to process the ore at its Alder Gulch processing facility. This will allow the company to extend the life of the mining operation by up to 37 years. The ROD and the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are available online at

In response to Garnet USA's proposed amendment, the DEQ is requiring an Agency-Modified Alternative that includes specific protections for land and water, including increased water quality monitoring. The approved plan will also require the mine to build an access road to shield residents from truck traffic and associated noise, dust, and light from the mining operations.

The issuance of this ROD initiates the appeals filing period. For more information, including information on the appeals filing process and timeline, or to request copies of the ROD or final EIS, contact the project coordinator, Jeffrey Herrick, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59601, 406-444-3276,

Media Contacts
Lisa Peterson
DEQ Permitting Public Information Officer

Chris Saeger
DEQ Communications Director

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