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 MT_Dillon_FO@blm.gov with “Pony Waste Removal” in the subject line.
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