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Local Organization responds to mine draft report

CEA Foundation/MineWatch to request extension for public comments, hold community webinar

The Union spoke with CEA Foundation President, Ralph Silberstein about the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Idaho-Maryland Mine. He notes "the environmentally superior alternative would be to forgo the project entirely." He also notes that community members reviewing the massive number of technical documents have “a lot of catching up to do” as they review any changes from the versions of the documents which were released last year.


Community Environmental Advocates Foundation and MineWatch, a campaign which the foundation sponsors, will submit a formal request to Nevada County asking that it extend the public comment period for the county’s recently released draft Environmental Impact Report on the Idaho-Maryland Mine project, CEA Foundation president Ralph Silberstein said Friday.

Upon releasing the draft EIR on the county’s website this week, as well as making the document available for review in a handful of locations, Nevada County staff stated in a news release that public comment on it was was invited for a 60-day period, which started Tuesday and will end March 4.

CEA Foundation has publicly opposed the proposed reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine, with Silberstein stating in September that the only safe approach when it comes to the reopening the mine is to shut it down altogether.

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