APPROVAL / DENIAL PROCESS TIMELINE
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires the Nevada County to produce an independently written Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to inform the decision-making process about whether or not to re-open the Idaho-Maryland Mine. The approval process for the mine is regulated by CEQA, making the whole effort a marathon, not a sprint.
Currently, we are awaiting the publication of the DRAFT Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). Our team is watching the calendar for crucial community action timeframes. Future dates are the earliest dates we anticipate.
Nevada County's detailed project timeline chart can be found here. https://www.mynevadacounty.com/3195/Idaho-Maryland-Mine---Rise-Grass-Valley
UNDERSTANDING THE CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT
Listen to CEA Foundation volunteer, Paul Schwartz, talk about CEQA and the timeline for this project. This recording was made in the fall of 2020, so dates have changed, but the process description is still applicable.