A meeting is planned to gather comments on an application by Garnet USA for an open pit industrial garnet mine at the Red Wash Hard Rock Site, about 4.5 miles southeast of Alder.

The meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Alder Community Hall (Fire Department) in Alder.

The Department of Environmental Quality has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will discuss the potential impacts of the proposed mine. DEQ staff will explain the environmental review process and take comments.

DEQ’s preferred proposal modifies the original proposed action by adding more groundwater monitoring to provide better information about current and future water quality conditions. This alternative also provides for an altered route for ore haul trucks to reduce potential traffic conflicts.

Garnet USA has an operating permit for a processing facility and mining of nearby dredge tails and an additional placer mine site (Red Wash Alluvial Mine Site).

The Red Wash Hard Rock Site Project proposed by the company in its application would authorize an open pit garnet mine on land owned by the company. Highway 287, Anderson Lane and ranch roads would be used to access the site. Ore from the new mine site would be hauled on the same road used under the existing operating permit.

The estimated life of this mine site is 37 years producing 50,000 tons of industrial garnet output per year.

Comments must be received by Thursday, Oct. 31. Written comments can be sent to Jeffrey Herrick, DEQ Director’s Office, Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901 or

electronically to garnetusacomments@mt.gov. The Draft EIS and Garnet USA’s operating permit application and can be viewed at www.deq.mt.gov. Questions on the proposed project may be directed to Jeffrey Herrick at jherrick@mt.gov or (406) 444-3276.

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