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Notices of Public Comment

Current Public Comments:

Name/TitleDeadlineRelated DocumentsPublic Meeting
Notice of Intent to Conduct Restoration Planning for Reed Point Bridge DerailmentInformational Only. No Public Comment Period. No meeting at this time.
Notice of Intent to Perform a Natural Resource Damage Assessment and accompanying Preassessment Screen for the Anaconda Aluminum Co Columbia Falls Reduction Plant, a/k/a, the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company (CFAC) Plant, National Priorities List Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Site (Site) Informational Only No public comment period. No meeting at this time.
Burlington Northern Livingston Assessment PlanThe State of Montana Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) is accepting public comment on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan for the Burlington Northern (BN) Livingston Shop Complex. Written comments must be submitted by May 7, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.: • Mailed to the Natural Resource Damage Program, P.O. Box 201425, Helena, MT 59620-1425; • Faxed to 406-444-0236; or • Emailed to [email protected]. Please use the subject line “BNLV Assessment Plan” No Public Meeting Scheduled at This Time
Draft Environmental Assessment Checklist Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area Floodplain and Slope Wetland RestorationComments will be accepted through May 23,2024 at 5:00 pm MST. Email comments to [email protected] or mail comments to: FWP Region 2, Attn: Torrey Ritter, 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT 59804.No public meeting at this time.

Past Public Comments:

Name/TitleRelated DocumentsProject Area
Libby Asbestos OU3 Early Restoration Scoping

The State of Montana Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) is preparing an interim restoration plan for the natural resources injured by Operable Unit 3 (OU3; the mine site) of the Libby Asbestos Superfund Site. NRDP is seeking public input from interested individuals and entities on the preparation of the interim restoration plan, including allocation of $2-4 million to early restoration projects, and scoping the issues that may be associated with implementation of any proposed early restoration projects.

NRDP has prepared a memorandum that summarizes the purpose and scope of the interim restoration plan, identifies preliminary early restoration project goals, and describes how the public can participate.
Libby
2023 UCFRB Aquatic and Terrestrial Resources Restoration Plans Draft Revisions (July 2023)Upper Clark Fork River Basin
Natural Resource Damage Program Funding Recommendation-Broken Circle Split Season LeaseUpper Clark Fork River Basin
Libby Asbestos Settlement Agreement Libby
2015 Bridger Yellowstone River Oil Spill Scoping (March 2023)Bridger Yellowstone River 2015 Oil Spill
Draft 2023 UCFRB Aquatic and Terrestrial Resources Restoration Plans, Update, Solicitation of New Restoration Action Concepts and Potential Revisions (May 2023)Upper Clark Fork River Basin
Rock Creek Lease Renewal Funding Recommendation 2022
Upper Clark Fork River Basin
Stumptown Addition to Garrity Mountain WMA (FWP Public Comment)
    Upper Clark Fork River Basin
    East Helena ASARCO Smelter Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment ChecklistEast Helena
    NRDP Funding Recommendation for Purchase of the Clark Fork River RanchClark Fork River Operable Unit, Upper Clark Fork River Basin
    Garrity Mountain WMA Addition – Draft EA (FWP Public Comment)Upper Clark Fork River Basin
    NRDP Funding Recommendation for Purchase of Graveley-Warm Springs Conservation EasementsUpper Clark Fork River Basin
    Proposed Settlement for the Carpenter-Snow Creek Mining District National Priorities List Site (Blue Tee Settlement)
    • response to comments not yet available
    UCFRB Aquatic and Terrestrial Resources Restoration Plans 2018 Draft UpdateUpper Clark Fork River Basin
    NRDP Funding Recommendation for Purchase of the Buxbaum-Boulder Creek Conservation EasementUpper Clark Fork River Basin
    2018 Restoration Plan UpdateUpper Clark Fork River Basin
    College Park Donation/AcquisitionLink to project information on the BLM ePlanning site2011 Yellowstone River Oil Spill
    Parrot Tailings Waste Removal Project Funding Amendments
      Butte Area One
      Harvey Creek & Helen Johnson Funding RecommendationsUpper Clark Fork River Basin
      Upper Spotted Dog Creek Restoration Project Draft EAThis public comment is being run by FWP in conjunction with NRDP. Please visit FWP's website for more information and to submit comments.
      Upper Clark Fork River Basin
      Lodged Butte Priority Soils Operable Unit (BPSOU) Consent DecreePlease go to DEQ's Public comment page for more information and to submit comments.Butte Area One
      2020 UCFRB CFWEP Funding AmendmentUpper Clark Fork River Basin
      Draft 2020 Revised Restoration Plan for the Clark Fork River Aquatic and Riparian ResourcesUpper Clark Fork River Basin
      Butte Area One Restoration Plan Draft 2020 AmendmentButte Area One
      Cottonwood Islands proposed FAS Environmental Assessment2011 Yellowstone River Oil Spill
      Dover Island Checklist Environmental Assessment2011 Yellowstone River Oil Spill
      Smurfit-Stone/Frenchtown Mill Site Assessment PlanSmurfit Assessment Plan 2021
      Smurfit Assessment Plan Trustee Response to Comments
      Smurfit-Stone/Frenchtown Mill Site
      Bridger Pipeline Oil Spill Consent DecreeBridger Pipeline Consent Decree
      Response to Comments on Bridger Pipeline 2015 Yellowstone Oil Spill Consent Decree
      Bridger Yellowstone River 2015 Oil Spill
      Notice of Order Approving Libby Asbestos Settlement AgreementThe State of Montana is providing notice pursuant to Section 75-10-713, MCA, that on March 23, 2023, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware entered a settlement agreement that resolves the remainder of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ’s) amended proof of claim in W.R. Grace & Co.’s (“Grace”) Chapter 11 bankruptcy case for the Libby Asbestos Superfund Site. The settlement resolves the natural resource damage liability of Grace and other affiliated companies to the State of Montana for the Libby Asbestos Superfund Site and requires Grace to provide the State with financial assurance for the Kootenai Development Impoundment Dam, amongst other provisions. Bellow is a link to the court order entering the settlement agreement.

      Libby Settlement Agreement Court Order 33308
      Libby
      Draft Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Bridger Pipeline 2015 Yellowstone River Oil Spill

      The State of Montana Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP), acting on behalf of the Governor as trustee, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Trustees), are seeking public comment on the Draft Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment for the Bridger Pipeline 2015 Yellowstone River Oil Spill (Restoration Plan). The Restoration Plan allocates approximately $1.5 million available to restore, replace, rehabilitate, or acquire the equivalent of the natural resources injured by the oil spill.

      Bridger Yellowstone River 2015 Oil Spill
      2023 Anaconda Uplands Restoration Plan Amendment

      The Montana Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP), acting on behalf of the Governor as trustee, in cooperation with Anaconda Deer Lodge County (ADLC) is preparing a restoration plan amendment to the Draft Conceptual Smelter Hill Area Uplands Restoration Plan (2007; Anaconda Uplands Restoration Plan). This restoration plan amendment will govern how up to $4 million of uplands restoration funds may be spent on ADLC lands. NRDP is seeking public input on the preparation of the Anaconda Uplands Restoration Plan Amendment by soliciting proposals for restoration actions from interested individuals and entities and scoping the issues that may be associated with implementation of any proposed restoration projects.

      NRDP has prepared a memorandum that summarizes the purpose and scope of the restoration plan amendment, identifies preliminary restoration project goals, and describes how the public can participate in the presentation of the plan.

      Anaconda Uplands
      2023 Clark Fork River Operable Unit Strategic Plan Natural Resource Damage Program/DEQClark Fork River Operable Unit
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