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  • Board of Supervisors Rejects Mine in Final Vote

    At the Final Hearing for the Idaho-Maryland Mine on February 15 & 16, 2024, Nevada County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously 5-0 to deny the certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and deny the Rise Gold project, fully rejecting Rise Gold’s plan to re-open the Idaho-Maryland Mine ! You can thank our Supervisors by sending an email to bdofsupervisors@nevadacountyca.gov . This is a huge victory , but it's important to know that it's  not over yet . Rise Gold has sued the County. They still claim they have a vested right to mine, and that the County has violated their due process rights in the processing of the application. CEA Foundation attorneys, Shute, Mihaly, & Weinberger, analyzed their vested rights claims and assert they "will be dead on arrival in court." An Exhausting But Rewarding Marathon American Activist Dorothy Height, once said “Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.” And grow we did.  Opposition to the mine has brought this community together like perhaps no other issue. Over the last almost 4 years, thousands of residents, hundreds of businesses, and dozens of activist groups have come together to voice their opposition to the mine. In the meantime, County planners and executive staff spent exhaustive hours working to process the application thoroughly and fairly. Together – this community provided an example  of how to participate in the process with a respectful presence and well researched analysis of the issues. Fortunately, our efforts were well rewarded. Our County’s planning department and commissioners reviewed the risks and stood up for the people. Our Supervisors and their executive staff created an outcome that will protect our air, water, and quality of life in the future. There really are thousands of people to thank for this outcome . Civil servants, researchers, writers, speakers, demonstrators, educators, organizers, project managers, typists, filmmakers, minstrels, and more. It took ALL of us to get to where we are today. You know who you are. Please pat yourself on the back. This was an incredible community effort ! Hearing Highlights Hundreds of people of gathered  at the Rood Center for the hearing – despite chilly, rainy weather – proudly displaying “no mine” stickers and signs. Almost 90 people provided passionate public comments against the mine. At the same time, the County’s YouTube channel recorded over 1,500 views on the first day and 1,000 on the second. Watch Supervisors’ Final Comments and Vote   (apx 35 min) Or re-watch your favorite parts by watching the YouTube recordings of the full hearing. BOS Hearing Feb 15 Part 1 - 4:33   BOS Hearing Feb 15 Part 2 - 5:11   BOS Hearing Feb 16 – 4:26 In final comments, District 4 Supervisor Sue Hoek summed it up succinctly when she said, “This one doesn’t fit this spot anymore”. “ I just don't see it,”  said District 3 Supervisor Lisa Swarthout whose district includes the mine. “I don't see the promise of potentially 300 jobs to override people's quality of life”. “It’s clear that this community wants to move forward to a cleaner economic future  and not go back to mining,” said District 1 Supervisor Heidi Hall. “Brunswick Road is certainly not rural,” said District 2 Supervisor, Ed Scofield. “It’s right on the outskirts, right adjacent to the city limits to Grass Valley… That means that this operation will have the possible impact of 1,000s of people , if not more, if something goes wrong.” Hardy Bullock, Board Chair and District 5 Supervisor wrapped up the final comments. “The final EIR has adequately described – the key word ‘described’ – the potential significant and unavoidable impacts. But the project in my mind, has not adequately removed or mitigated these environmental threats which threaten our community, our way of life for cultural and economic prosperity here.” Lisa Swarthout made the final motion that was unanimously approved: “I make the motion that we deny the certification of the Environmental Impact Report and that we deny the Rise Gold project.” In the News Local News 2/17 – TheUnion.com | 'This one doesn’t fit this spot anymore': Supervisors deny proposed mine project 5-0 2/16 – TheUnion.com | BREAKING: Supervisors vote 5-0 against reopening Idaho Maryland 2/16 – YubaNet.com | Supervisors Deny Rise Grass Valley’s Idaho Maryland Mine Project 2/16 – KNCO.com | Final Rejection Of Idaho Maryland From Supes   Other Insightful Summaries 2/20 CapRadio.org | Nevada County rejects controversial gold mining project 2/20 BNNBreaking.com | Nevada County Says No Amid Community Concerns   TV News ABC 10 News 2/16 - Nevada County supervisors unanimously reject reopening historic gold mine 2/15 - Historic Nevada County gold mine to see final meetings before decision CBS News Sacramento 2/16 - Nevada County denies bid to reopen historic mine after days of public comment 2/16 - Nevada County supervisors reject reopening Idaho Maryland Project 2/15 - Heated debate unfolds Thursday over proposed Idaho-Maryland Mine project FOX 40 News 2/16 Nevada County officials reject Grass Valley mine reopening 2/15 - Dozens of community members speak out against proposal to revive mine 2/15 Nevada County supervisors to have final say on Idaho-Maryland mine project

  • Rise Gold files suit against Nevada County

    In May 2024, Rise Grass Valley filed a petition for peremptory writ of mandate against Nevada County. They're attempting to overturn the Board of Supervisors' denial of vested rights for the Idaho-Maryland Mine, and their decision to deny the application and use permit for the mine. Both decisions were unanimous. According to opposition leader, CEA Foundation, the lawsuit by Rise is more of the same delusional song that Rise has been singing all along. E.g., The case for vested rights has no merit. The mine shut down in around 1956, the mine was flooded, and all the structures were removed. Rise doesn’t even own the land where much of the processing took place. There has been no continuity of ‘mining operations’ taking place to warrant a claim of vested rights. The vested rights arguments made by Rise based on the Hansen case are based on a misinterpretation of those findings. The claims regarding the failure to certify the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) are also meritless. The EIR contained significant flaws, failing to adequately address the impacts to well owners, water quality, air pollution, noise, and more. The requested zoning changes were inconsistent with the General plan when considering the current residential land uses. Investors beware. The fact that Rise Gold has raised capital through private placement offerings of corporate stock to pursue a meritless lawsuit based on such misleading information should be a big red flag. Note that they also need to raise another $3.3 million to clean up the toxic mine tailings on the 56 acre Centennial site, as per their agreement with the Department of Toxic Substances Control. NEWS COVERAGE The Union May 15, 2024: Rise Grass Valley files lawsuit based on claims of “vested rights” to mine Idaho-Maryland Mine site YubaNet May 13, 2024: Rise Gold files lawsuit against Nevada County LEGAL FILING Rise Grass Valley Filing, May 10, 2024

  • Questionable Economic Return - Dec 2022 MineWatch meeting

    A powerhouse panel of community experts reviewed the conclusions of Nevada County's Economic Impact Report in a December 2022 MineWatch meeting. The report was authored by independent consultant, Robert D. Niehaus (RDN). “A closer examination of the RDN Report leaves a lot of room for questioning their conclusions, said CEA Foundation President, Ralph Silberstein. [The webinar's] panelists found that the numbers were overly optimistic, that the real estate estimates were a big miss, and that the possible economic benefits to the community would be overshadowed by a lot of downside risk.” Read summaries of presenter comments below or click to listen to sections of the presentation. Keep scrolling to see panelist bios, quotes, slides, and related content. Full presentation (2 hours) REAL ESTATE Real Estate - Charlie Brock, Licensed Realtor and past President of the Nevada County Board of Realtors (5:20) Hear Brock's reaction to the report's dismissal of overwhelming opposition by local real estate agents Learn why local agents and appraisers predict considerable drops in real estate values Real Estate Case Studies & Webinar Summary - Martin Webb, KVMR Radio Host, Business Owner, and Solar Expert (30:25) Take a visual journey comparing neighborhoods around the three mines used in the study vs. ours Learn why this project is unprecedented in its lack of readiness, inflated claims, and proximity to homes PROJECT UPDATE & READINESS ASSESSMENT Project Update - Ralph Silberstein, President, CEA Foundation (5:45) Learn about where things stand in the fight against the mine Learn about the parts of the report that corrected some of Rise Gold's most outrageous claims Industry Perspective - Dr. David Chambers, Founder/President, Center for Science in Public Participation (19:36) Learn about the Idaho-Maryland Mine project's level of "readiness" as defined by the mining industry Learn why "gold reserves" used for high end estimates of tax revenues aren't proven/certified EMPLOYMENT & RISKS Employment, Economic Impact, & Risks - James Steinmann, Founder, Steinmann Facility, Planning and Project Management (16:51) Learn why Steinmann asserts that the economic report is "in no way conclusive" Learn why Steinmann believes that 58% of Rise Gold's workforce would be commuters, rather than 32% REVENUE & SPENDING Revenue & Spending Impacts - John Vaughan, CIO PRIDE Industries, retired (11:56) Learn about economic modeling software limitations and how revenue results can appear inflated when combined with questionable data from the applicant Learn how the cost of risks, such as catastrophic events and health consequences, weren't included OTHER Questions and Answers with Panelists (15:46) Panelists answer audience questions Introduction - Moderator, Greg Thrush introduces the session (Run time = 3:21) January is Critical for Action - Traci Sheehan - Organizer, CEA Foundations (1:17) A key priority in January is to review and comment on the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) The County has yet to announce the date of their public meeting on the FEIR. Watch for it. PANELIST BIOGRAPHIES Ralph Silberstein, President, CEA Foundation Ralph Silberstein is the President of the Community Environmental Advocates Foundation. Ralph served as a Grass Valley Planning Commissioner and on the Nevada County Fish and Wildlife Commission. He is a retired software engineer, business owner, and former building contractor. With 20 years of experience working on mining issues, he is an invaluable resource in the MineWatch campaign. Dr. David Chambers, Founder and President of the Center for Science in Public Participation David Chambers is the founder and president of the Center for Science in Public Participation, a non-profit corporation formed to provide technical assistance on mining and water quality to public interest groups and tribal governments. Dr. Chambers has 45 years of experience in mineral exploration and development – 15 years of technical and management experience in the mineral exploration industry, and for the past 30 years he has served as an advisor on the environmental effects of mining projects both nationally and internationally. He has Professional Engineering Degree in physics from the Colorado School of Mines, a Master of Science Degree in geophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a registered professional geophysicist in California (# GP 972). Dr. Chambers received his Ph.D. in environmental planning at Berkeley. His recent research focuses on tailings dam failures, and the intersection of science and technology with public policy and natural resource management; financial assurance for mine closure and post-closure; and, the water impacts of mining. James Steinmann, Founder, Steinmann Facility, Planning and Project Management Jim Steinmann is a resident of Grass Valley and founder of his Facility, Planning and Project Management Firm. He has 55 years of experience as a Planning Consultant for large-scale development projects. The vast majority of the projects included analyses of alternatives, environmental impacts, and economic evaluations of alternative courses of action. Three of the projects Jim participated in are particularly relevant to the proposed gold mine activation. John Vaughan, CIO PRIDE Industries, retired John Vaughn has been a resident of Nevada County since 1967. His water is served by a well approximately 100 yards from the southwest edge of the Rise Gold mineral rights area. He’s served executive roles at various for-profit and non-profit industries including at Grass Valley Group, Utah Scientific, Precision Printers and PRIDE Industries. He has extensive experience in software development, software selection, business analytics, including profit/loss and cost/benefit studies, acquisition strategies and logistics. Charlie Brock, Licensed Realtor and past President of the Nevada County Board of Realtors Charlie Brock has been a licensed Realtor in California for 54 years. He is the past President of the Nevada County Board of Realtors, founding Director of Nevada County United Way, and has served on numerous non-profit boards in Nevada county. Martin Webb, KVMR Radio Host, Business Owner, and Solar Expert Martin Webb has been in the renewable energy field for 25 years, as a business owner and solar expert, which translated into a life of environmental activism. Whether producing radio shows on KVMR as the host of “The Climate Report,” or on TV as the host of “Tipping Point,” a new monthly program on Nevada County Media, he has become a well-known voice for environmental awareness around a host of issues, including the proposed mine. PANELIST QUOTES Summary “We are grateful to the County for commissioning an independent economic report, rather than relying solely on the private report produced by Rise Gold”, said Ralph Silberstein, President of CEA Foundation. “It corrected some of Rise Gold’s most outrageous claims. And yet it shares a similar problem with the Draft EIR released earlier this year, relying heavily on information provided by the applicant.” “While the report has given us some useful data, supervisors may want to take it with a huge grain of salt,” said Silberstein. “In the end, the Supervisors will be left with a single overriding question. Is this report credible enough to use as a justification to dismiss the lengthy list of environmental and financial risks? Economic Impact & Risks ”This report is in no way conclusive,” stated Jim Steinmann, Founder of Steinmann Facility, Planning and Project Management. ”Benefits to the community are substantially overstated, the costs of operations are understated, and the risks are ignored. For instance, over half the workers would likely be commuters sharing rental housing. Only a fraction of their spending would stay in the county.” “Economic studies often present an incomplete picture,” stated John Vaughan, CIO PRIDE Industries, retired. “In this case, the software model used is designed to showcase benefits and highlight revenues – it is specifically designed not to show economic risk and real cost. When used in combination with data provided by Rise Gold, many of the economic benefits were unrealistic.” Real Estate Property Values “RDN’s assertion that they found ‘no conclusive evidence’ the project would lower property values is a gut-punch for people living close to the mine,” said Charlie Brock, Nevada County Realtor for 54 years. “The report disregards the overwhelming opposition of local real estate experts who believe the mine will have considerable negative effects. It also reveals RDN’s lack of expertise on the subject by creating a custom analysis of three mines that bear almost zero resemblance to our community or situation.” “The case studies show us that this project is unprecedented,” said Martin Webb, KVMR Radio Host and four-time business owner. “RDN identified three mines that were similar, but none were a good match for our properties, home values or the sheer number of homes in close proximity to the mine.” “My opinion is that the Niehaus economic report contradicts itself, relies on questionable assumptions and methodologies (they discounted all realtors opinions) in order to arrive at a misleading and faulty conclusion, said Charlie Brock, Nevada County Realtor for 54 years. In my opinion, the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine will have an immediate, long-term, detrimental effect on real estate values in Western Nevada County.” “The Economic Study failed to implement accepted appraisal methodology that has clearly led to an unsubstantiated conclusion of 'no impact' on value.” “A carefully devised market study that includes comparison of controlled market comparative data and comparative data truly proximal to similarly operating mines -- each being subject to the same market conditions (at the same point in time) -- might have led to a much different conclusion.” Daniel Ketcham, SRA, MAI, SR/WA Designated Member Appraisal Institute & International Right of Way Association, Certified General Appraiser - California (read by Charlie Brock in live presentation). MORE EXCELLENT CONTENT ON ECONOMICS Economics is a hot topic. See the long list of outstanding opinion pieces in our library. COUNTY INFORMATION View the County's main information page Read the report (PDF) Watch the recording of the County's webinar (Register to watch) View the slides from the County's webinar (PDF)

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  • Stop The Idaho-Maryland Mine | MineWatch Nevada County

    Mining is our Past. Not Our Future. Subscribe to eNews Protect our air, water, and quality of life. Stop the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Mining is our Past. Not Our Future. Subscribe to eNews Protect our air, water, and quality of life. Stop the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Rise Gold, a junior mining company with a questionable history, tried to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine in Grass Valley, CA and got rejected. But the story isn't over yet. TOGETHER, We'RE STOPPING THE MINE THE COUNTY vOTED Unanimously against the mine THREE TIMES, but it's not over yet. ​ May 2023: Nevada County Planning Commissioners unanimously recommended a NO vote on both the use permit for the project and the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The hearing was earthshaking . December 2023: County Supervisors unanimously rejected a separate petition submitted by Rise Gold claiming a "vested right" to mine the property without the need for a use permit. February 2024: County Supervisors voted unanimously 5-0 to reject the use permit and deny certification of the EIR. This final decision was a tremendous victory for the community . The last chapter hasn't been written yet. Rise Gold is now suing the County . why stop the mine? The majority of Nevada County residents – from both sides of the political spectrum – oppose the Idaho-Maryland Mine. They know that putting a toxic business in the middle of a residential area is a really bad idea. The project includes significant and unavoidable environmental impacts that endanger this community's health and quality of life. A few jobs and uncertain tax revenues just aren't worth the risk. Celebrate the people who contributed to the final vote. Here are our 7 top reasons . Risks our Health HURTS CLIMATE HURTS LOCALS Pollutes our Air Drains our Water SHOULDN'T TRUST RISE GOLD Questionable economic return Learn More THE FIGHT Isn't Over Follow us online ​ 1. 2. The public part of this battle is done, but CEA Foundation and the 26 groups in the MineWatch Coalition remain on the job. Rise Gold has filed a lawsuit against the County . We will be adding our support in defending the County’s decision. ​ Sign up to get occasional emails about ongoing efforts to stop the Idaho-Maryland Mine. We won't share your info. ​ ​ ​ Donate - Make a tax-deductible donation to help fund community education and legal fees. ​ ​ Subscribe to eNews Donate INCOMPatible USE Opening the mine next to residential neighborhoods violates the County General Plan. THREATENS WELLS The plan ignores the complexity and expense of providing a "comparable water supply". Can't dispose of mine waste There's no market for the 1000 tons a day of "Restricted" rock material they'll be producing. Huge GHG & ENERGY COST The mine won't achieve net-zero emissions. Energy use negates key County reduction goals. The Project Can't Be Fixed After almost four years of developm ent, the Final Environmental Impact Report and project plans still didn 't solve several critical problems. Read more . CEA Foundation leads the MineWatch campaign to stop the mine The MineWatch campaign is a community-wide, volunteer-driven effort led by Community Environmental Advocates Foundation. MineWatch brings together a coalition of residents, businesses, and nonprofit groups to oppose the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine. We contribute to Nevada County's decision with a respectful presence and well-researched analysis of the issues . Together, v olunteers gathered over 5,500 petition signatures , gained support of 250 businesses , and delivered more than 2,500 postcards and emailed letters asking the County to “Just Say No” to the project. In addition, 26 local and state groups submitted a lengthy letter to the Nevada County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, which cited environmental and economic reasons to deny the project. 250 businesses signed against the mine FEATURED news & Opinions Businesses against the mine Rise Gold files suit against Nevada County In May 2024, Rise Grass Valley filed a petition for peremptory writ of mandate against Nevada County. They're attempting to overturn... Board of Supervisors Rejects Mine in Final Vote At the Final Hearing for the Idaho-Maryland Mine on February 15 & 16, 2024, Nevada County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously 5-0 to... Rise Gold’s Constitutional takings prospects - Dead on Arrival - CEA Foundation Read the opinion and legal analysis. CEA Foundation's attorneys weighed in on the Rise Gold's threat of legal action against Nevada... Press Release: California Gold Rush Community May Reject Bid to Reopen Historic Mine This release summarizes key events that led up to the final public hearing and vote by Nevada County Supervisors on the fate of the... FOX News: Report on Denial of vested Rights View the Fox News report on the outcome of Rise Gold's attempt to claim vested rights to reopen the Idaho Maryland Mine. View the video... Rise Gold’s (Former) CEO found guilty on 13 counts in British Columbia retrial "When people show you who they are, believe them the first time." Ben Mossman was found guilty of 13 charges related to discharging... Earthshaking News: Planning Commission Rejects Mine We won a pivotal victory! All five Planning Commissioners voted unanimously against the Idaho-Maryland Mine at the end of Nevada County's... The County should deny the Idaho-Maryland Mine and should not certify the Final EIR The County's Final Environmental and Economic Impact Reports have been published. On May 11, 2023, the Planning Commission voted... Questionable Economic Return - Dec 2022 MineWatch meeting A powerhouse panel of community experts reviewed the conclusions of Nevada County's Economic Impact Report in a December 2022 MineWatch... ★ ‘Hung out to dry’: Well owners contend with Idaho-Maryland Mine report’s finding Want to know why people are so worried about impacts to wells and groundwater? This Union article is a must-read. By Shira Moolten Eric... A new gold rush pits money and jobs against California’s environment Companies are seeking to open old mines and explore in new sensitive regions, amid resistance from Californians who want the Gold Rush to... A California gold mine’s toxic legacy: Inside the fight over reopening a treasure trove For five years Rise Grass Valley has been trying to get a permit, but the people of Grass Valley are overwhelmingly rejecting the mine.... READY TO LEARN MORE? BROWSE our library. Play Video Play Video 04:26:12 Nevada County Board of Supervisors Special Meeting February 16, 2024 Nevada County Board of Supervisors Special Meeting February 16, 2024 Play Video Play Video 01:52:58 Nevada County Board of Supervisors Special Meeting Day Two, December 14, 2023 Nevada County Board of Supervisors Special Meeting Day Two, December 14, 2023 Play Video Play Video 07:40:34 Nevada County Planning Commission Special Meeting May 11, 2023 Nevada County Planning Commission Special Meeting May 11, 2023 Play Video Play Video 02:54 Anti Idaho Maryland Mine for planning Commission Play Video Play Video 03:07 Wells Run Dry - Geoff Eido (Official Music Video 2022) This is the official music video for WELLS RUN DRY. The song and video are about an actual Gold Mine that a Canadian company is presently trying to open in Grass Valley, California, which would have devastating effects on the environment including draining the wells of many of the local residents. Featured in the video is a LIVE PROTEST against the mine, as well as a FLASH MOB staged at Robinson Plaza in the heart of Nevada City, CA. Eido wrote this song to inspire people to take a stand against this mine, and to help shift the paradigm for all of us to embrace living in harmony with the environment and honoring the earth, rather than blindly plundering it. ➡️ Get this song: https://songwhip.com/geoffeido/wells-run-dry 🔔 Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Uy50Mafr9Jx0fvHXsPhbQ 🚨 Follow Geoff Eido: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/geoffeido Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeoffEido LYRICS -- CHORUS Wells run dry and the people are thirsty Wells run dry and the people awake… You might say your mining claim is what everybody needs Beneath your lying promises is the heart of your greed We won’t let you slip it into the ground beneath our feet Rape our land of treasures that our people sorely need CHORUS Won’t you please do us the decency of not pretending like you care While you fill our space with toxic waste and contaminate our air Rivers have no memory of poison in their veins We will fight for every drop til you abandon all your claims CHORUS It’s time to put the planet back to the place where it belongs The sacred, righteous architect of each and every song Take dominion, exploitation, and greed without remorse Bring harmony and dignity and honoring our source CHORUS -- ✍️ Sign the Petition: Wells Run Dry is inspired by the attempt of a Canadian company to reopen a mine in Grass Valley, California. You can help fight this by signing the petition against it here: https://www.minewatchnc.org/petition 🗒 The effect of this mine would be a massive increase in cancer risk, toxic waste, air pollution, noise pollution, river pollution and the dewatering of many of our neighbors wells. this song is an anthem for the earth and a declaration that THIS WILL NOT PASS! 🎤About Geoff Eido: Geoff Eido is a singer, songwriter, and activist. His passionate spirit inspires maverick music for the masses. The musical expression of Geoff Eido weaves wisdom, laughter, and even rage. Acting as an entertaining antidote to the distortions of our modern society. #GeoffEido #WellsRunDry #OfficialMusicVideo2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4W08pYKmmw Play Video Play Video 03:48 Fool’s Gold Copyright Sept 2021 Kathryn Canan With Tom Wernigg, guitar Some good reasons not to let the Rise Gold corporation reopen an old gold mine in our hometown of Grass Valley, CA. Play Video Play Video 02:16:31 No Mine Concert - Nevada City The community continues to stand strong against the proposal to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine in Nevada County California. We come together for a concert and picnic to celebrate our resolve, to educate and inspire those who have not joined the opposition yet. CEA Foundation (Community Environmental Advocates), leads the charge in thwarting this bid to grab gold and risk everything from water to clean air. Learn more at www.MineWatchNC.org This free concert was held on July 31, 2022, organized by the Concerned Citizens Roundtable and co-sponsored by CEA Foundation. Play Video Play Video 13:11 Rise Beyond Gold Documentary film about reopening the mine - featured at Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2021. This community faces a foreign-headquartered company that would mine gold under its feet and leave behind a toxic legacy. Questions are raised about why we desire gold, and ultimately, is it worth it? Bonus content: - Questions & fact clarifications - https://www.cea-nc.org/the-idaho-maryland-mine/review-of-the-film-rise-beyond-gold/ - SYRCL Workshop including panelist Shelly Covert, Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribal Council - https://youtu.be/Kw-NF85XlYo See more videos become a minewatcher Sign up for our newsletter to get updates . Subscribe

  • Take Action | MineWatchNC.org

    one stop action shop THE FIGHT Isn't Over Follow us online ​ 1. 2. The public part of this battle is done, but CEA Foundation and the 26 groups in the MineWatch Coalition remain on the job. Rise Gold has filed a lawsuit against the County . We will be adding our support in defending the County’s decision. ​ Sign up to get occasional emails about ongoing efforts to stop the Idaho-Maryland Mine. We won't share your info. ​ ​ ​ Donate - Make a tax-deductible donation to help fund c ommunity education and legal fees. ​ ​ Subscribe to eNews Donate Donate Your donation helps with political advocacy, community education, and legal fees - including hiring the best legal experts from the highly respected environmental law firm, Shute, Mihaly, and Weinberger. Your donation goes to our sponsor, Community Environmental Advocates Foundation. Our tax ID is 94-3352465. Donate thank you for your support The approval process for the mine is regulated by California's Environment Quality Act (CEQA), making the whole effort a marathon, not a sprint. Here is a quick view of major milestones. For a detailed timeline, visit the Nevada County project page . Here are the highlights: Notice of Preparation - July 2020 - Complete Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) Comments & Public Hearing - Apr 2022 - Complete E conomic Impact Report Released by County - Dec 2022 - Complete (optional, not a CEQA requirement) Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) Comments & Public Hearing - May 2023 - Complete Planning Commission Votes - May 2023 - Complete (It was a unanimous "no" vote) Special Hearing - December 13 &14, 2023 - Supervisors heard Rise Gold's request for "vested rights" - Complete (another unanimous "no" vote) Board of Supervisors Votes - February 15 & 16, 2024 - Complete - Supervisors unanimously voted to deny the project and the EIR! NO Th understand the process become a minewatcher Join our newsletter for updates . Subscribe

  • Writing Kit

    WRITING KIT Looking for inspiration or facts to help you create a stronger comment letter? Here's a collection of resources that can help. Key Resources Why Say No - General Talking Points - Read a one page summary of the key reasons to say no to the Idaho-Maryland Mine. CEA Foundation / MineWatch Final EIR Talking Points - Get more d eta iled summary arguments for why the County should deny the F EIR and the whole project. CEA Foundation | MineWatc h How to Comment on the FEIR (pdf) For people who submitted DEIR comments or want technical guidance. CEA Foundation | MineWatch Supporting Resources Inconsistencies with County General Plan Goals and Policies CEA Foundation Legal Background Supporting Denial of FEIR Certification and Project CEA Foundation | Prepared by attorneys Shute, Mihaly, and Weinbe rger Wells Packet of c omments by Wells Coalition, CEA Foundation & San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association Mine Waste Mine Waste and Water Impacts Public comment by CEA Foundation Mine Waste and Air Impacts (Asbestos) Public comment by CEA Foundation Centen nial Site Public comment by CEA Foundation Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Public comment by CEA Foundation Economic Impact Report Community Review MineWatch website Community Opposition MineWatch website Additional Resources MineWatch website art icle & op-ed library ​ Got questions? Contact mineconcerns@cea-nc.org ​ This kit is designed to collect guidance documents and key arguments against the mine in the weeks before the County makes a decision. M ore content will be added as it becomes available. become a minewatcher Join our newsletter for updates and monthly meeting invitations. Subscribe

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