DEQ will hold a public meeting Wednesday, April 17, at 6 p.m., at the Shepherd High School at 7842 Shepherd Road.
The meeting format is as follows:
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. – DEQ specialists will provide information during an open house.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. – DEQ will give a brief presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session.
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. – Citizens will have the opportunity to provide oral comments about the proposed application. Written comments also will be accepted.
The permit application can be viewed at searchopencutpermits.mt.gov/ by entering “Donnes” in the “Site Name” box and clicking the “Search” button. DEQ must assess the application under a tight schedule and is seeking relevant information from citizens with knowledge of local conditions. If comments received reveal substantial issues not adequately satisfied in the proposed plan of operation, DEQ can conduct an extended review of the application.
DEQ must make this determination by April 27, 2019. Therefore, it is recommended that citizens submit comments before April 26. Written comments can also be submitted at the meeting, or by visiting the DEQ Opencut Mining Section’s webpage at: deq.mt.gov/Land/opencut Click the “Public Comment” tab and scroll to “Public Comment for Riverside Contracting Inc. – Donnes – Opencut # 3077.”