January 5th Program: An Update on Hardrock Mining in Montana, presented by Garrett Smith

by Cindy Schmidtlein, MSDC Vice President

This month's presentation will summarize hardrock mining activity in Montana, with a review of the regulatory framework and updates about DEQ’s current permitting actions. Our presenter, Garrett Smith, is a geochemist with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Hard Rock Mining Section. A photo tour will be provided for a variety of sites.

Garrett's duties include implementing state mining regulations, writing interdisciplinary environmental impact documents, engaging with mine operators through compliance inspections, and outreach to the public and other stakeholders.

Garrett's presentation will summarize hard rock mining activity in Montana, including a review  of the regulatory framework and some updates about DEQ's current permitting actions. A photo tour will be provided for a variety of sites, with examples of the geology and commodities which contribute to the mineral wealth of the Treasure State.