why stop the mine?

8 Reasons


Risks our health

80 years

Hardrock mining is the single largest source of toxic waste in the United States. Rise Gold wants to put a heavy industrial mining plant into the middle of our rural residential community. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. For up to 80 years.

Rise Gold, a 14-year-old mining company that has never opened a mine and never made a profit, wants to re-reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine here in Grass Valley. The Nevada County Board of Supervisors has already approved the development of an Environmental Impact Report, and may make a decision as early as 2021. Here's what's at stake.

failing grade

Grass Valley gets an “F” for air quality today. The mine will make it worse with escaped dust from continuous rock crushing, loading, hauling, unloading, spreading, and compacting. With chronic lung disease deaths already at twice the state average, we can't afford any more.  

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12% of County power use

The mine calls for massive energy usage- roughly 12% of what all Nevada County uses annually- further straining our power grid and completely erasing the county's planned cuts to save the environment and curb climate change.

Toxic Spill

Their CEO's last venture polluted tribal waters, went bankrupt, and left Canadians with a mess to clean up. We shouldn't trust Rise Gold.


wells at risk

Water is one of the most precious resources we have, but Rise Gold plans to pump out 3.6 million gallons every day for 6 months and another 1.2 for up to 80 years - flooding creeks, destroying habitat, and putting private wells at risk. 

While Rise Gold shareholders profit, the local community gets little. The few jobs gained are offset by big risks for tourism, high tech businesses, wells, and 10’s of millions lost in property values.

$10's of millions

100 truck trips/day

The peace and quiet that brought homeowners to this beautiful area will be shattered. Constant truck traffic and noise from heavy equipment operations will become the new normal. 

Rise Gold positions the cleanup of the Centennial Site as a benefit to the community — which it is — but don’t be fooled by their rhetoric.  They own it. They need to clean it up.

pre-superfund site

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