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Idaho-Maryland impact

In the Idaho-Maryland Mining Corp. “Summary of Community Questions and Concerns with Responses – Jan. 30, 2007 – Public Workshops,” it is stated that on a weekday, 24-hour basis, the total number of vehicle trips (i.e., large truck, light truck and passenger vehicle trips) is projected to be between 540-574 inbound and 540-574 outbound trips for a total of 1,080-1,148 vehicle trips per day! These trips would access Centennial Drive from either Bennett Street or Idaho-Maryland Road and seriously impact local travel on these roads.

According to an article in The Union on Thursday, Aug. 2, the ceramics operation will split off from the mine, and the first commercial ceramics plant will open in another area where environmental reviews are not on the table. If the IMMC plans to produce 2,400 short tons per day of ore, will this rock waste pile up on site indefinitely? How will the increased large truck traffic needed to move this enormous amount of material to other business parks outside of the area affect local and commuter traffic, as well as air quality? Did the proposed reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine drive the decision to widen Highway 49?

Anne Bomberg

Grass Valley

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