Official: No one has yet appealed North Star Mine use permit; deadline to appeal is Monday |

Official: No one has yet appealed North Star Mine use permit; deadline to appeal is Monday

Anyone opposed to the Nevada County Planning Commission’s decision to green-light the North Star Mine project has until Monday to appeal.

The water treatment plan, a mandated project that would remove naturally occurring metals from mine water, is months away from the start of construction.

Newmont Mining Co., the landowner, still has several other permits to get from the county. Officials have said a potential appeal of last week’s use permit, granted by the Planning Commission, could further delay the project.

No one had appealed the use permit as of Thursday afternoon, said Jessica Hankins, senior planner.

“Anybody can appeal,” Hankins added.

Those opposed to the use permit and want to formally appeal its approval can file papers at the Board of Supervisors Office, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City. They have until 5 p.m. Monday, Hankins said.

It costs $1,374.20 to appeal.

Any appeal would proceed to the county Board of Supervisors. Hankins estimated it would reach the board within a month.

“They have to list their reasons for the appeal, their questions and arguments,” she added. “I would address all the questions or concerns that were raised in the appeal form.”

Last week’s Planning Commission hearing on the use permit centered on the water treatment plan intended to reduce the amounts of naturally occurring metals like arsenic and manganese in water coming from the North Star Mine.

If built, a series of underground pipes along Allison Ranch Road would pump the water to two large ponds.

A passive system would reduce the metals’ level. Newmont officials said no chemicals would be used.

Some residents oppose the project, questioning how it would affect their property values. They also asked why the project is planned for their area when Newmont owns hundreds of acres.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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