The internet allows you to readily search corporate financial and regulatory documents, but The Union has done a poor job of researching the filings when it comes to reporting on whether to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine in Grass Valley.
Instead, they just paraphrase the mine’s CEO, letting him provide the “spin.” One example: The water discharged into Wolf Creek will be of “drinking water” standards.
Emgold detailed some changes to its Idaho-Maryland mine project in a regulatory filing this past week:
“The Company is currently working on a revision to the project description for the project. The revision will include elimination of discharge into the South Fork of Wolf Creek from the New Brunswick site and elimination of the water treatment plant at the New Brunswick site.
“Instead, a raw water line will be constructed under East Bennett Road and water will be pumped from the New Brunswick site to the Idaho-Maryland Site and to the water treatment plant located there.
“Water will then be discharged into Wolf Creek after treatment. The revision will also include the clean-up of historic tailings on site which was not included in the scope of the Draft EIR.”
There’s a big difference between stating that you’re treating the water versus bringing it to “drinking water standards,” a highly subjective analysis not backed up with facts.
In addition, regulations could impact the permitting requirements down the road.
“In particular, potential legislation from the California Air Resources Board and the Federal EPA related to carbon emissions and potential cap and trade rules may have an effect on mining operations in the U.S.,” it reads.
The filing also shows parent Emgold has spent more than $80,000 on community relations so far.
The filing is here.
The community needs to demand more when it comes to helping them make a decision on whether to reopen the mine.
The extreme right likes to point fingers at the left for having made up their mind on the project, but they’re just as guilty — if not more so. The Union management already has tipped its hand on supporting the project, before an EIR is complete.
Exit question: Will Dan Miller be Mayor when the project comes up to the City Council for approval?
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