SAVE EASTERN PLUMAS COUNTY began in 2020 when a few Portola community members were made aware of a major Mining and Asphalt permit that flew under the radar of Portola CA. In one of California’s most biodiverse counties with over 2600 square miles and only 6 square miles of urban area why locate the mine feet away from homes, wells and the Portola Ca city limits? How safe can it be to the Headwaters of the Wild & Scenic Middle Fork Feather River and Sierra Valley? With the city of Portola at risk a group STOP PORTOLA MINE was created to notify the community as well as all members of Eastern Plumas county.
STOP PORTOLA MINE
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR.. QUARRY, LIME and ASPHALT PRODUCTION
POSSIBLY 24 HOURS?
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DESTRUCTION OF WATERSHED AND UP TO 400 VERTICAL ELEVATION MT TOPS AND FOREST
Located at the end of 77413 Meadow way in east Portola,CA above the city, 3000 ft from the Feather River and adjacent to the Sierra Valley.
If the county grants a permit to Hat Creek Construction to mine 34 million cubic yards ( within 226 acres) of materials on property adjacent to residential housing and the Portola city limits, the County will have dashed the safeguards that they set up to preserve the community of North Portola the Headwaters of the Feather River and Sierra Valley.
The proposed North Portola Pit Mine Asphalt Production plant will effect Portola the Feather River and Sierra valley environment and well-being in several ways:
This mine (Being higher elevation) will put 80+ residential wells, the city of Portola, their schools as well as the Middle Fork of the Wild and Scenic Feather River at risk for mining industrial pollution due to:
Chemicals used in producing road products including hot asphalt batching operations.
Blasting potentially contaminating the aquifer with noxious blasting byproducts.
Diesel exhaust from equipment and idling of trucks. Diesel and hydraulic spills. Up to 700 trips a day through the sierra valley east!
The mining operations will also put the aquifer at risk of depletion, drying up residential wells. Water consumption from mining operations (50,000 gallons a day!) will put creeks, springs and meadows that livestock and wildlife depend on at risk of drying up. Expansion into a known watershed!
The mine will create intolerable and continuous noise pollution due to dozers, loaders, 18 wheelers, conveyor structures, rock crushers, and potential blasting. Major increase in diesel traffic east along highway 70 through the Sierra Valley.
Air quality will be compromised from dust, diesel and asphalt production fumes along with blasting particulates.
Eastern Plumas county and Portola currently struggle to meet State Air standards. Rated one of the worst areas in the state.
Destroying property values up to 30-50% or more within a half mile and values as far away as 3 miles! (Basically half the city) reducing tax revenue and keeping others from moving in!
EMAIL THE BELOW PLUMAS COUNTY OFFICIALS WITH YOUR CONCERNS.
Currently - application is being reviewed by relevant state, federal agencies regarding additional info/reports required before application can be considered ‘complete’ by planning department (not commission)
Plumas County Planning Department
Tracey Ferguson, AICP
Email all Supervisors here or individually below.
Plumas County Supervisors
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