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Mine not right for Grass Valley

The storm of controversy around the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine will soon break in Grass Valley. With the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report, all eyes will turn to the Grass Valley City Council. The council holds the power to approve or deny a use permit for the project.

I believe the project is incompatible with present-day life in Grass Valley and it should not be approved. This is an industrial-scale venture that would be totally out of place in its small town surroundings. No one would seriously consider a coal-fired power plant, or pulp mill for the same location.

The community cannot accommodate the mine. Twenty-four-hour operation, truck traffic, groundwater pumping and discharge into creeks, cyanide processing, dust, massive energy consumption, explosives, toxic tailing, and economic uncertainty all work against the viability of the mine.

The council should not issue the use permit simply because there is some money to be made – doing so would endanger the health, safety and welfare of the community. There is money to be made by clear-cutting forests and building dams, but at some point we draw the line and say the health of our community is more important than the “right” to make a few bucks.

Mark Frye

Grass Valley

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