Date: May 22, 2007
Contact: Marilyn Krause (406-533-7617)
Public Meetings Planned For Proposed Graymont Mine Expansion Near Townsend
Two public meetings are planned to share information on an expansion proposal by Graymont Western U.S. at its Indian Creek Mine and Plant about four miles west of Townsend in the Limestone Hills. The meetings will be used to identify public issues and concerns that should be addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The first meeting is scheduled for June 6 in Helena at the Chamber of Commerce conference room, 225 Cruse Ave. at 7 p.m. On June 7 a meeting will be held at the Broadwater School community room, 201 N. Spruce in Townsend at 7 p.m.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Butte Field Office and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are working jointly with a contractor to develop an EIS for this proposal. Graymont has proposed to expand its operations to the south with about 2,060 acres of public land disturbed. It is anticipated the proposed mining operations would last for approximately 50 years.
A Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS was published May 18 in the Federal Register which initiated a 30 day comment period. Comments may be submitted via email to: david_r_williams @blm.gov or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments may be faxed to (406) 533-7660 (BLM) or to (406) 444-4386 (DEQ), or mailed to the attention of the Graymont Mine Project Manager, BLM Butte Field Office, 106 North Parkmont, Butte, MT 59701 or to Greg Hallsten, Director’s Office, MT DEQ, PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901. Comments need to be submitted by June 18.
Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BLM Butte Field Office during regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday except holidays.
For more information on the proposal or the meetings, contact David Williams at the BLM, (406) 533-7600 or Greg Hallsten at DEQ, (406) 444-3276.