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Release Date: 10/17/12
Contacts: David Abrams, Public Affairs Specialist    
  (406) 490-0367    

BLM Seeks Public Comments on Mine Waste Rock Removal Project Near Pony

DILLON (Oct. 16, 2012) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office is evaluating a proposal to remove about 9,000 tons of waste dump material from four different locations west of Pony, Montana.  The BLM will take public comment on the proposal until Nov. 18, 2012.

Two of the locations are on public land and the other two locations are on patented land.  The material will be hauled from the four locations down Pony Creek Road in 30-ton articulating off-road trucks to a crusher site just off Strawberry Creek Road located about one mile west of Pony.  From there, it will be screened and crushed and then hauled 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.  No winter operation is proposed.

For more information or to submit comments, please contact Robert Gunderson at the Dillon Field Office at (406) 683-8000, or by email to with “Pony Waste Removal” in the subject line.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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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: 10-17-2012