Notice of Public Hearing concerning consideration of renewal of waste discharge requirements and consideration of issuance of a cease and desist order. I will file for acceptance as a disgnated person as Michael M. Miller an individual. If you ever had anything to say or any thoughts about having an audience with a state board, here is your chance to get the opportunity to speak.
CALIFORNIA REGIONAL WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD
CENTRAL VALLEY REGION
3443 Routier Road, Suite A. Sacramento, California 95827
CONSIDERATION OF RENEWAL OF WASTE DISCHARGE REQUIREMENTS
(NATIONAL POLLUTION DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM)
CONSIDERATION OF ISSUANCE OF A CEASE AND DESIST ORDER
ORIGINAL SIXTEEN TO ONE MINE. INC.
SIXTEEN TO ONE MINE
The Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. owns and operates Sixteen to One Mine, a hard rock mine in the town of Alleghany, Sierra County. Ore is processed, or milled, on site. Wastewater, sand, and sediment from the milling process are discharged to series of settling basins on the ground surface. Clarified wastewater is discharged from the surface settling basins to other settling basins underground in the mine, where it commingles with drainage in the mine. The commingled wastewater is discharged to Kanaka Creek, which is tributary to the Middle Yuba River, Yuba River, Feather River, and the Sacramento River. The average daily dry weather flow is O.2S million gallons per day. The discharged waste and wastewater have violated limitations and requirements of the existing Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs). The proposed WDRs contain more stringent limitations and requirements. Due to the violations of the existing WDRs, a Cease and Desist Order (C&D) is proposed. The proposed WDRs and C&D include schedules for compliance with the existing and proposed limitations and requirements.
A formal public hearing concerning this matter will be held during the Regional Board meeting, which is scheduled for:
DATE: 28 February and 1 March 2002
TIME: 8:30 a.m.
PLACE: 3443 Routier Road, Suite A Sacramento, CA
The designated parties for this hearing are as follows:
• Staff of Central Valley Regional Board
• Staff of Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc.
Only designated parties will have these rights: to call and examine witnesses; to introduce exhibits; to cross-examine opposing witnesses; to impeach any witness; and to rebut the evidence against him or her. All other persons wishing to testify or provide comments are interested persons and not designated parties. Such interested persons may request status as a designated party for purposes of this hearing by submitting such request in writing to the Board no later than 19 February 2002. The request must explain the basis for status as a designated party and in particular how the person is directly affected by the discharge.
Persons wishing to comment on this noticed hearing item must submit such comments in writing to the Regional Board no later than 19 February 2002. Written testimony or comments submitted after 19 February 2002 will not be accepted and will not be incorporated into the administrative record if doing so would prejudice any party.
All interested persons may speak at the Board meeting, and are expected to orally summarize their written submittals. Oral testimony will be limited in time by the Board Chair
Anyone having questions on Sixteen to One Mine, Inc., Sixteen to One Mine, should contact Elizabeth Thayer at (916) 255-3071. The proposed item and related documents may bc inspected and copied at the Regional Board’s office at 3443 Routier Road, Suite A, Sacramento, California, weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by appointment.
The procedures governing Regional Water Board meetings may be found at Title 23, California Code of Regulations, Section 647 et seq. and is available upon request. Hearings before the Regional Water Board are not conducted pursuant to Government Code Section 11500 et seq. The procedures may be obtained by accessing http:’/www.swrcb.ca.gov/waterlaws/index.html. Information on meeting and hearing procedures is also available on the Regional Board’s website at http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/rwqcb5/board meetings/mtgprocd.htrnl or by contacting any one of the Board’s offices. Questions regarding such procedures should be directed to Ms. Janice Tanaka at (916) 255-3039.
The hearing facilities will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring special accommodations are requested to contact Ms. Janice Tanaka at (916) 255-3039 at least 5 working days prior to the meeting. TTY users may contact the California Relay Service at 1-800-735-2929 or voice line at 1-800-735-2922.
Please bring the above information to the attention of anyone you know who would be interested in this matter.
KENNETH D. LANDAU
Assistant Executive Officer
14 January 2002