The Army National Guard Invites Your Comments on the Proposed Plan for the Helmville Artillery Range, Powell County, Montana As part of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP), the United States (U.S.) Army National Guard G9 invites the public to review and comment on the proposed restoration plan for the Helmville Artillery Range Munitions Response Site (MRS), Helmville Artillery Range Buffer Area MRS, and Helmville Artillery Range North MRS, south of the intersection of State Highway 271 and North Nevada Creek Road in Helmville, Montana. The Army is the lead agency responsible for environmental investigations and cleanup activities of this site under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is a supporting agency in the decision-making process. The alternatives selected in the Proposed Plan for the Helmville Artillery Range MRS (MTHQ-016-R-01) and Helmville Artillery Range Buffer Area MRS (MTHQ-016-R-02) is implementation of land use controls to address the risks associated with potential munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) hazards at the MRSs. This plan was developed based on site investigations that indicated MEC associated with historical military training activities are potentially present at the site. The possible presence of MEC poses a potential explosive hazard to human health and the environment. As a result, these perceived threats to human health and the environment require additional action. The MDEQ concurs with the proposed plan of land use controls for the site. No Further Action (NFA) is the selected alternative in the Proposed Plan for the Helmville Artillery Range North MRS (MTHQ-016-R-03). This plan was developed based on site investigations that indicated no MEC or munitions constituents are present on this MRS. The MDEQ concurs with the Proposed Plan alternative of NFA for the Helmville Artillery Range North MRS. We invite your questions and comments on the Proposed Plan during the public comment period from 10 June 2021 – 12 July 2021. The Helmville Artillery Range Proposed Plan is available to the public at the following location: Drummond School and Community Library, 124 First Street, Drummond, Montana, 9832-0349, (406) 288-3700. A copy can also be mailed via the U.S. Postal Service, or an electronic version can be emailed to you. Written comments for the Helmville Artillery Range Proposed Plan should be postmarked or e-mailed no later than 12 July 2021 and sent to: LTC Donna Wu Cleanup Branch Chief (ARNG-IED-S) 111 South George Mason Drive Arlington, VA 22204-1373 E-Mail: [email protected] General questions concerning the site or to request an electronic or hard copy of the Proposed Plan should be directed to LTC Wu at (703) 607-2177 or the address above. The project team has not scheduled a public meeting regarding the Proposed Plan because of generally low interest in the project by area residents. Typically, a public meeting for a Proposed Plan includes a presentation about the remedial alternatives, an explanation of why the proposed alternative is preferred, a time for questions and answers about the project, and an opportunity for members of the public to comment verbally and in writing on the Proposed Plan. If you would like to attend and participate in a public meeting for the Helmville Artillery Range, the project team will coordinate the event. Please contact LTC Wu at the above contact information by 12 July 2021 if you are interested in attending a public meeting for the Helmville Artillery Range. For further information regarding U.S. Army MMRP efforts, visit https://aec.army.mil/index.php/restore/MMRP. For information regarding the DoD’s MMRP prioritization process, visit: http://www.denix.osd.mil/mmrp/home/.
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