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Dillon Field Office
Release Date: 12/31/12
Contacts: David Abrams, Public Affairs Specialist    
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  Kristen Lenhardt    

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.

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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 mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 12-31-2012