U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 11/09/12|
BLM Hosts Public Meeting On Mine Waste Rock Removal Project Near Pony
The Bureau of Land Management will hold a public meeting to discuss a proposal to remove about 9,000 tons of mine waste rock from four different locations west of Pony, Mont. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at the Pony Gym in Pony.
The material will be hauled in 30-ton articulating off-road trucks to a crusher site just off the Pony Creek Rd. From there, it will be screened and crushed, then transported to the Golden Sunlight Mine east of Whitehall.
Minimal road improvement on public land is anticipated; however, a section of road will need to be constructed to access one of the sites on public land.
Although levels of potentially hazardous substances in the waste rock may be somewhat elevated, the concentrations will not pose a public health issue. The material will eventually end up in a lined permitted tailings pond.
The BLM is processing the applicant’s plan of operations in accordance with federal regulations. If the operation is approved as submitted, removal would begin immediately and take up to two summers to complete.
For more information, please contact Robert Gunderson at the Dillon Field Office at (406) 683-8000.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
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|Last updated: 11-13-2012|
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