Board of Supervisors OK’s North Star Mine appeal, case now proceeds to Nov. 10 public hearing
The Nevada County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an appeal of the North Star Mine water treatment project, setting a public hearing on the issue for Nov. 10.
The board’s acceptance of the appeal — filed last week by residents of the project area — only sets the stage for the public hearing. No decision on the water treatment project was made Tuesday.
To advance the appeal, the board had to determine it met three requirements: that it was filed on time, that those who appealed have a stake in the decision and that it meets the requirements of the county’s land use and development code.
Finding the appeal met the criteria, the board set a public hearing for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave.
Several residents in the area of the proposed project, along Allison Ranch Road, oppose the facility. Leroy Bakelmun, who filed the appeal, argues it would reduce property values
He also notes that Newmont Mining Co, which owns the land, could build the project on another portion of some 740 acres in the area.
Bakelmun and several other opponents spoke earlier this month at a Planning Commission meeting, advising it to deny Newmont a use permit, management plan and mitigated negative declaration required to proceed with the project.
The commission, however, approved the permitting for Newmont, which is mandated to implement a treatment plan for water coming from the mine.
At issue are naturally occurring metals like arsenic and manganese seeping into the mine water. The project, a passive plan that involves no chemicals, would reduce the metal levels through the use of two large ponds.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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