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Mine status focus of meeting

The Idaho-Maryland Mining Corporation is hosting a pair of meetings Tuesday to discuss residents’ interests and concerns regarding the corporation’s proposal to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine.

Residents have expressed concerns that reopening the gold mine could contaminate nearby water sources and bring increased traffic to the area.

“We want to make it a project the community can be proud of,” said Patricia Nelson, IMMC director of environmental affairs.



“We believe water issues are something that are manageable.”

The mine, dormant since 1956, occupies a 101-acre site between Idaho-Maryland Road and East Bennett Road, next to the Whispering Pines business park.




Nelson said the mine could reopen in 2008 or 2009 if Grass Valley officials approve the project. Nelson said data regarding water levels is currently being reviewed, as are other potential impacts.

Two workshops with the same agendas will be held at the L.O.V.E. Building at Condon Park in Grass Valley Tuesday, one at 2-4 p.m. and the other 6-8 p.m.

IMMC has planned the two workshops as a combination of presentations, “break-out sessions” and the development of a workshop summary for the community.

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To reach the staff writer, e-mail joshs@theunion.com or call 477-4234.


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