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COGSWELL BUILDING 



STATE OF MONTANA' 



HELENA, MONTANA 59620 



August 1, 1983 

Re: Preliminary Environmental Review 

City of Belgrade Class III Landfill 





City of Belgrade, P. 0. Box 268, Belgrade, MT 59714 
Gallatin County Commissioners, Courthouse, Bozeman, MT 59715 
Emery Nelson, County Sanitarian, Courthouse, Bozeman, MT 59715 
Tom Ellerhoff, DHES 
State Library 

Environmental Quality Council 
Warren Norton, Air Quality Bureau 

Ladies and Gentlemen: 

Pursuant to the Administrative Rules of Montana, 16.2.604, the 
following Preliminary Environmental Review has been prepared by the 
Department of Health and Environmental Sciences concerning the City 
of|^elgrade Class III Landfill. 



The purpose of the Preliminary Environmental Review is to inform 
all interested governmental agencies, public groups or individuals of 
the proposed action and to determine whether or not the action may have 
a significant effect on the human environment. This Preliminary Envi- 
ronmental Review will be circulated for a period of fifteen (15) days 
at which time a decision will be made as to our future action. 



If you care to comment on this proposed action, please do so 
within the allotted time. 



SlArt DOCUMtNTS C0LLECT0« 

AUG 3 -1983 

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Sincerely, 




Scylid Waste Management Bureau 
E;ivironmental Sciences Division 



Enclosure 



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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES 
Cogswell Building, Helena, Montana 59601 
(406)449-3946 



PRELIMINARY ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW 



Di vi sion/Bureau Solid Waste Management Bureau 

Project or Application City of Belgrade Class III landfill 

Description of Project The City of Belgrade has filed an applicatio n to license 
a Class III landfill site in an abandoned 14.5 acre sewage lagoon in the E %NW% 
Section 1 TIS R4E. The useable portion of the site consists of 3.5 acres. T he 
landfill is intended to be utilized for the disposal offoliage, rocks, and gravel 

and will be used principally by city clean-up crews. A gate at the site will 

control access and will be locked when not in use. Copies of the complete applica- 
tion are available at this office. 



POTENTIAL IMPACT ON PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT 



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1. Terrestrial & aquatic 
life and habitats 

2. Water quality, quantity 
and distribution 

3. Geology & soil quality, 
stability and moisture 

4. Vegetation cover, quant- 
ity and quality 

5. Aesthetics 

6. Ai r quali ty 

7. Unique, endangered, 
fragile, or limited 
environmental resources 

8. Demands on environmen- 
tal resources of land, 
water, 'air & energy 

9. Historrcal and archaeo- 
logical sites 








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POTENTIAL IMPACTS ON HUMAN ENVIRONMENT 



1. Social structures and 
mores 

2. Cultural uniqueness 
and diversity 

3. Local and state tax 
base & tax revenue 

4. Agricultural or in- 
dustrial production 

5. Human health 

6. Quantity and distri- 
bution of community 
and personal income 

7. Access to and quality 
of recreational and 
wilderness activities 

8. Quantity and distri- 
bution of employment 

9. Distribution and 
density of population 
and housing 

10. Demands for govern- 
ment services 

11. Industrial & commer- 
cial activity 

12. Demands for energy 

13. Locally adopted en- 
vironmental plans & 
goals 

14. Transportation net- 
works & traffic flows 



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which may have overlapping jurisdiction Gallatin County Health Department 



Individuals or groups contributing to this PER. 



Recommendation concerning preparation of EIS No EIS necessary 






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James ytr. Leiter 
Date: July 27. 1983 



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POTENTIAL IMPACT ON PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT 



#3) Geology & soil quality, stability and moisture: The landfilling of 

solid waste materials normally alters both the quality and stability of 
native soils. Since biodegradation of decomposable wastes occurs, some 
settling in finished areas can be expected. In a Class III landfill, such 
settling is usually minor due to the percentage of rock, cement, earth, 
etc. 

#4) Vegetation cover, quantity and quality: Temporary disturbance of 

vegetative cover can occur during the actual landfilling process. Finished 
landfill areas, particularly when they are located in previously excavated 
areas, can be flat, easily revegetated, and more productive for multiple 
uses . 

#5) Aesthetics: If carefully supervised, a Class III landfill does not 

dramatically affect aesthetics in an area. Any disturbance expected is 
only temporary if proper final covering is instituted. Class III landfills 
may not accept paper, garbage, or other readily decomposable or putrescible 
refuse, so flies, odors, and litter should not be a problem. 

y/6) Air quality: A licensed Class III landfill may, by regulation, burn 

untreated wood waste materials after the operator obtains an air quality 
permit. Burning is only allowed when ventilation is adequate and proper 
supervision, fire control, etc. are required. Any impact on air quality 
during burning should be minor.