On July 17, 2020, Nevada County published a Notice of Preparation (NOP) to identify what issues should be addressed in the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to assess the impacts associated with re-opening the Idaho Maryland Mine. Community input will be accepted until August 17. SYRCL has concerns and is watchdogging the project due to negative mining impacts within the Yuba and Bear River watersheds from past operations. Nevada County’s NOP is the first step in the environmental review process as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and one of many regulatory hurdles the Project still has to go through before beginning mining operations again.
Robust public engagement is vital to truly assess the environmental impacts to our community and our precious waterways. To learn more about the project, visit the Community Environmental Advocates Foundation website, Frequently Asked Questions and check out SYRCL’s work to address legacy mining issues here.
DEADLINE: Comment letters are due to Nevada County by August 17, 2020.
2. Formulate your questions about the mine’s impacts and organize them into a letter. If you have questions, contact the County or email the Community Environmental Advocates (CEA) Foundation at email@example.com.
3. Call or send a letter to Nevada County Department of Planning with your comments – no later than August 17, 2020.
Mr. Matt Kelley
Nevada County Planning Department
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959-8617
phone: 530-265-1222 option 2
Comment Letter Tips:
- Focus your study requests on the environmental process, what you want analyzed, and what environmental impacts you want considered.
- Make sure that your specific requests are clear and concise.
- Include your name and contact information in case the County needs to contact you to clarify a point.
- For more detailed tips and a sample letter, check out the CEA Foundation website.
- NOP comments are divided into various categories. Reviewing these categories may help spark your thinking and organize your comments. The impact categories are:
- Agriculture and Forestry
- Air Quality
- Terrestrial & Aquatic Biological Resources
- Cultural Resources
- Tribal Cultural Resources
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Hazards & Hazardous Material
- Hydrology/Water Quality
- Land Use/Planning
- Mineral Resources
- Public Services Recreation
- Transportation & Traffic
- Utilities & Service Systems
- Economic Study