In the Examiner’s opinion: Not since the LNG proposal or the East-West Crazy Train has there been this type of potential threat to our bay.
Updated Alert from Baykeeper:
A fairly new corporation called US Mine Corp. is looking at the former pulp mill as a possible site for a processing facility accessible for unspecified mines from Alaska to South America. This would involve using cyanide and other chemicals used to extract gold from aggregate rock – although the details have not been revealed, since there is no formal proposal yet. Tonight the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District will consider a 180-day Exclusive Right to Negotiate with US Mine Corp.
Come to tonight’s meeting at Woodley Island to let the Harbor Commissioners and the US Mine Corp. know that storing cyanide and other toxic chemicals on our Bay to process mining ore is unacceptable.
The Harbor District and US EPA recently removed millions of gallons of caustic chemicals left behind by the previous operator of the pulp mill. The cleanup has to date cost taxpayers $4 million and is expected to cost $10 million to complete.
Humboldt Baykeeper applauds the District for protecting Humboldt Bay from Evergreen Pulp’s mess – but wonders why anyone would consider putting a cyanide leaching operation in the tsunami zone near one of the most active earthquake zones in the Pacific. No amount of engineering and spill response will prevent the level of damage to Humboldt Bay that would occur from a major earthquake. Cyanide processing was banned in 1998 by voter initiative in the state of Montana, when 85,000 gallons of cyanide-laced water leaked through damaged leach pad liners, killing all life in a 17-mile stretch of Colorado’s Alamosa River.
The District should continue its search for environmentally-appropriate industries to use the former pulp mill.
For more info: Mining corporation sets sights on pulp mill
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Jennifer Kalt, Director
1385 Eighth Street, Suite 228
Arcata, CA 95521
This Alert from Humboldt Baykeeper:
Thursday at 7 pm
Harbor District Office Meeting Room
on Woodley Island
US Mine Corp. is looking at the former pulp mill as a possible site for a processing facility accessible for mines from Alaska to South America. This would involve using cyanide and other chemicals used to extract gold from aggregate rock – although the details have not been revealed, since there is no formal proposal yet. Thursday at 7 pm is a chance hear from the mining corporation, who will be asking the Harbor Commissioners for a 180-day Exclusive Right to Negotiate.
I am hoping some of you will come to the meeting to listen and to let the Commissioners and the US Mine Corp. know that a lot of people are going to watch this very closely. If you are inspired to speak, great, but just being there to watch would be helpful at this stage, since there is no proposal or application.
Here’s the article from today’s Times Standard: http://www.humboldtbaykeeper.org/news/press/993-mining-corporation-sets-sights-on-pulp-mill-.html
Also of interest on Thursday’s agenda is PG&E’s application for the final site restoration plan for the former nuclear power plant, which will now begin wending its way through the various permitting processes.
Lastly, Coast Seafoods’ proposed oyster expansion will be the subject of a scoping hearing on Feb. 17 at the District office, 6 pm. The Initial Study is posted at http://humboldtbay.org/documents.
There’s a lot going on around Humboldt Bay these days!
Jennifer Kalt, Director Humboldt Baykeeper
1385 Eighth Street, Suite 228, Arcata, CA 95521