Hard Rock Mining Issues

  • Hard Rock Program: Montana Department of Environmental Quality. This agency monitors mining permits, and ensures environmental compliance and public involvement in mining decisions.
  • Human Health and Environmental Damages from Mining and Mineral Processing Wastes: A background document to illustrate the human health and environmental damages caused by management of wastes from mining (i.e., extraction and beneficiation) and mineral processing, particularly damages caused by placement of mining and mineral processing wastes in land-based units.
  • Mined Land Regulation and Reclamation Program: The lead program for mine regulation in Oregon, it is a fee-based, statewide (except Columbia County and tribal lands) program with authority to regulate all upland and underground mining on all lands. In addition, the program implements the federal Clean Water Act General Stormwater Permit and the state Water Pollution Control Facility Permit at aggregate mine sites based upon an agreement with DEQ.