Last week Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke are asking the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and Gov. Steve Bullock to issue full approval for the Montanore Project.

Daines and Zinke wrote to Bullock, urging him to consider the result of approving the project

“We urge you to consider the benefits of a comprehensive approval for all the required permits and the benefits of the Montanore project to the local Northwest Montana community and our state,” Daines and Zinke wrote. “Employing regulatory flexibility by your staff through a full permit approval will provide assurances the community and company require to move forward. The local community has waited a long time for the process to be completed. We respectfully request for you to prioritize this project and for MDEQ to issue a full ROD as expeditiously as possible so that this important project can proceed.”

According to a press release, the Montanore Project "is expected to create full-time jobs for 450 people, with an annual payroll of $12 million during the production phase of operations."

Click here to view Daines and Zinke's letter.