URS Energy and Construction, Inc., began mining the quarry located in the foothills of the eastern margin of the Highland Mountains about seven miles east of Whitehall in 1992. URS has submitted an updated Operating Permit Application in order to amend their rock crushing operation for the life of the mine. The crushed rock is used for railroad ballast.
The BLM field office, along with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, prepared an Environmental Assessment in order to respond to the URS long-term mining/reclamation plan to continue producing railroad ballast until 2025.
The EA is available online at http://blm.gov/r4ld
Members of the public can also request a copy of the assessment be mailed to them by calling the Butte Field Office at (406) 533-7600.
The field office is currently accepting comments on any additional issues, concerns, or alternatives that should be evaluated by the BLM during this planning process. BLM staff will use the public’s comments to develop specific actions which will be analyzed and made available for public review at a later date.
Although comments will be accepted at any time throughout the process, those submitted by April 6 will be most helpful in development of the EA. To be considered, all comments must contain the name and address of the submitter.
Comments may be mailed to the Butte Field Office at 106 N. Parkmont, Butte, MT 59701 or emailed to email@example.com.
Before including your address, phone number, email 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.