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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES 




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Montana State Library 



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TED SCHWINDEN, GOVERNOR 



COGSWELL BUILDING 



STATE OF MONTANA' 



HELENA, MONTANA S9620 



September 24, 1985 

Re: Preliminary Environmental Review 

Roundup Solid Waste Transfer Station 



Board of County Commissioners, Musselshell Co., P.0. Box 686, Roundup 
Dick Insern, District Sanitarian, P.0. Box 1150, Lewistown, MT 
Joseph Vicars, Mayor, City of Roundup, P.0. Box 656, Roundup, MT 
Dennis Johnston, Big Sky Haul-Away, P.0. Box 30331, Billings, MT 59107 
Gary Thomas, Director of Public Works, P.0. Box 656, Roundup, MT 
Kim Kuzara, Editor, Roundup Record-Tribune, P.0. Box 747, Roundup, MT 
Tom Ellerhoff, Environmental Sciences Division, DHES, Helena, MT 
Environmental Quality Council, Capitol Building, Helena, MT 
/Darlene Staffeldt, Supervisor, Documents, State Library, Helena, MT 

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 Big Sky 
Haul-Away 's Solid Waste Transfer Station in Roundup. 

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 
Environmental 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. 

STATE DOCUMENTS COLLECTION. 

OCI 1 - 1985 

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PRELIMINARY ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW 



Di Vi Si On/Bureau Environmental Sciences Division/Solid S Hazardous Waste Bureau 

Project Or Application Big Sky Haul -Away Transfer Station - Roundup, MT 

Description Of Project Big Sky Haul-Away of Billings, Montana has submitted a solid 

waste management system license application to this department for a transfer 

station to be built in Roundup. This facility will be built on the western 



edge of the city limits in the West SWNW, Section 18, Township 8N, Range 26E 
(See attached map). This facility would handle Class II (household refuse) and 
Class III (demolition materials). All refuse with the exception of burnable 



wood wastes would be completely handled and stored inside an enclosed 40' X 80’ 



steel building. Clean wood wastes would be stockpiled outside the building and 
periodically burnt with a burning permit. The boundaries of the entire site 
would be enclosed with a litter/security fence. 

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Other groups or agencies contacted or 

which may have overlapping jurisdiction Central Montana Health District 
Musselshell County Planning Board 



Individuals or groups contributing. to this PER. 



Recommendation concerning preparation of EIS Not Necessary 

PER Prepared by: 

Date: a/24/85 

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PRELIMINARY ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW 
Roundup Transfer Station 
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POTENTIAL IMPACT ON PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT 

#1 . Terrestrial and aquatic life and habitats 

The location of this site provides very limited habitat for small 
animal and insect species. The construction of this transfer station 
facility will remove a small portion of this habitat. However, due to the 
small biological population of this area and the amount of similar habitat 
immediately adjacent to this site, this impact will be insignificant. 

#4 . Vegetation cover, quantity and quality 

The area of this proposed project is sparsely vegetated with native 
grasses and weeds. The loss of this vegetation due to the transfer station 
installation will have no discernible impact on the area's ecosystem. 

#5 . Aesthetics 

The majority of the wastes delivered to this facility will be dumped, 
separated and stored within the enclosed building. The only wastes that 
will be stored outside will be clean wood wastes prior to burning. The 
applicant proposes to place these wood wastes in an area which will 
contain a four foot earth berm on three sides. This berm will provide a 
fire break and a certain amount of visual shielding. Some wood and lumber 
materials may be periodically visible but are not expected to cause signif- 
icant aesthetic impacts. 

#6 . Air quality 

State air quality rules allow the issuance of burning permits to 
licensed solid waste management facilities. These burning permits are 
issued by this department during the state's general burning season from 
April through August. Burning permits are issued for individual burns and 
only when atmospheric conditions are favorable for good ventilation and 
emission dispersion. The periodic wood waste fires are not expected to 
severely impact the area's air quality. 



POTENTIAL IMPACTS ON HUMAN ENVIRONMENT 

#3 . Local and state tax base and tax revenue 

The transfer facility will be constructed and operated by private 
enterprise. This project will convert non-productive, low taxable property 
into a productive higher taxable classification. 

#5 . Human health 

The periodic burning of wood waste materials may slightly degrade the 
area's air quality. While this degradation is not expected to be signifi- 
cant; at times it could affect individuals with breathing difficulties. 






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#6 . Quantity and distribution of community and personal income 

This solid waste project will be constructed and operated by private 
enterprise. Monetary profits and associated economic spin-offs in the 
community should be realized from the development of this facility. 

#8 . Quantity and distribution of employment 

This solid waste transfer facility will employ one full time caretaker 
and one or more part-time truck drivers. 

#10. Demands for government services 

Governmental service will be required on the local and state levels 
for administrative and inspectional services associated with the issuance 
of a solid waste management system license to this transfer station. 

#12. Demands for energy 

Gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products will be consumed in the 
operation of the refuse handling and sorting equipment at the transfer 
station and in the vehicles used to transport the refuse to the Billings 
area for final disposal. 

#13. Locally adopted environmental plans and goals 

The location of this transfer station complies with all existing 
county planning and zoning regulations as certified by the Roundup city 
attorney. 

#14. Transportation networks and traffic flows 

The transfer station will be located approximately one mile east of 
the Roundup business district on Highway 12. Private vehicles and 
commercial refuse hauling equipment will utilize the area's roads and 
highways leading to this location. These increases in traffic flows and 
patterns are not anticipated to create any severe impacts. 



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