Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc.

Notice of Public Hearing









Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. is the owner and operator of the Sixteen to One Mine (Mine) located at 506 Miners Street, Alleghany, California. The Mine discharges untreated mining wastewater to Kanaka Creek, which flows to the Middle Yuba River, Yuba River, and Feather River, and ultimately to the Sacramento River, all waters of the United States.


Discharges from the Mine are currently regulated by Waste Discharge Requirements Order R5‑2015‑0002, issued by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Central Valley Water Board) on 5 February 2015.  The proposed Time Schedule Order provides the Mine additional time to comply with the final effluent limitations for arsenic, electrical conductivity, antimony, cadmium, copper, iron, lead, manganese, and nickel.  Full compliance with these effluent limitations is required by 16 April 2020.


A public hearing concerning this matter will be held during the Central Valley Water Board meeting scheduled for:


            DATE:             16/17 April 2015

            TIME:              8:30 a.m.

            PLACE:           Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board

                                    Fresno Office

1685 E Street

                                    Fresno, CA  93706


The designated parties for this hearing are as follows:


            · Original Sixteen to One Mine Inc. representatives


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 Central Valley Water Board no later than 20 March 2015.  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 shall submit testimony, evidence, and/or comments via email to RB5S‑NPDES‑Comments@waterboards.ca.gov, attention Gayleen Perreira or in writing to the Central Valley Water Board no later than 5:00 p.m. on 20 March 2015.  Written evidence or comments submitted after 5:00 p.m. on 20 March 2015 will not be accepted and will not be incorporated into the administrative record absent a ruling by the Chair.  Any party requesting to submit late materials must demonstrate good cause for the late submission, and the Chair must find that accepting the late submission will not prejudice the Central Valley Water Board or any Designated Party.


All designated parties and interested persons may speak at the Central Valley Water Board meeting, and are expected to orally summarize their written submittals. Oral testimony and cross examination will be limited in time by the Board Chair.


Anyone having questions regarding the hearing item should contact Elizabeth Thayer at (916) 464-4671 or beth.thayer@waterboards.ca.gov.  Interested parties may download the tentative Order and related documents from the Central Valley Water Board’s Internet website at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralvalley/board_decisions/tentative_orders/.  Copies of these documents can also be obtained by contacting or visiting the Central Valley Water Board’s office at 11020 Sun Center Drive, #200, Rancho Cordova, California 95670-6114 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  The final meeting agenda will be available at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralvalley/board_info/meetings/ at least 10 days before the meeting. The agenda will provide the specific date the Board Meeting will be held for this item, indicate the anticipated order of all agenda items, and may include staff revisions to the proposed order(s).


The procedures governing Central Valley Water Board meetings may be found at Title 23, California Code of Regulations, section 647 et seq. and are available upon request.  Hearings before the Central Valley Water Board are not conducted pursuant to Government Code section 11500 et seq.  The procedures may be obtained by accessing http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/laws_regulations/.  Information on meeting and hearing procedures is also available on the Central Valley Water Board’s website at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralvalley/board_info/meetings/mtgprocd.shtml or by contacting any one of the Central Valley Water Board’s offices.  Questions regarding such procedures should be directed to Ms. Kiran Lanfranchi-Rizzardi at (916) 464-4839.


The hearing facilities will be accessible to persons with disabilities.  Individuals requiring special accommodations are requested to contact Ms. Kiran Lanfranchi-Rizzardi at (916) 464-4839 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.



Original Signed by


      ADAM LAPUTZ, Assistant Executive Officer


                                                                           18 February 2015

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