Pima County Department of Environmental Quality to hold public meetings June 27 and June 28
Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) will hold an Open House on Wednesday, June 27, and a Public Hearing on Thursday, June 28, for an air quality permit for Oracle Ridge Mining, LLC. Oracle Ridge Mining is seeking a permit to reopen an inactive existing underground copper mine in Pima County approximately seven miles north of the Summerhaven community on Mt. Lemmon.
The meetings will be held at the Coronado K-8 School gymnasium at 3401 E. Wilds Road in Catalina. The Open House will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. PDEQ staff will be available to answer questions from the public regarding aspects of the proposed air quality permit, including permit requirements and PDEQ enforcement of proposed permit provisions.
The Public Hearing will be at the Coronado K-8 School gymnasium on Thursday, June 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The public will have an opportunity to speak about the proposed Oracle Ridge Mine air quality permit or to drop off written comments about the permit at the hearing.
The draft air quality permit requires Oracle Ridge Mining to control emissions of particulate matter from above ground material processing, unpaved roads and tailings storage operations as per federal and Pima County standards. Particulate matter, tiny particles suspended in the air we breathe, is one of the most significant air pollutants in Pima County and has serious impacts on human health and the environment. Oracle Ridge Mining is also required to submit a Tailings and Dust Management Plan for approval by PDEQ.
The official public comment period for the proposed permit began on May 16 and will end on June 29, 2012. Copies of the permit application and relevant background material may be reviewed at www.deq.pima.gov or during normal business hours at the PDEQ offices, 33 N. Stone Ave., Suite 700, in Tucson. For additional information, please call (520) 243-7400.