CC Minutes - 12/12/06 Joint Elected Officials
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CC Minutes - 12/12/06 Joint Elected Officials
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resource and they found they had identified all of the impacts and minimized or could <br />demonstrate that they could minimize the impacts on all issues except dust. He said they <br />produce dust at the crusher, not where they mine. He indicated that LRAPA issues a <br />permit for all facilities like this. He said they have a discharge permit that limits the <br />amount of material they can discharge into the air shed. He added that limitation comes <br />with a production level limitation and requirements that the pressure stays where it is at, <br />its produces at the level it is limited to, and that they water their haul roads to and from <br />the mining area to the crusher. He noted there are no conditions in the permit about the <br />actual mining. <br /> <br /> Cornacchia indicated that Delta Sand and Gravel had operated at their facility without a <br />single citation issued to them by LRAPA regarding these matters, except for one last <br />January. He recalled that on that day there were freezing temperatures, and the company <br />had decided to water Division Avenue. He said they were cited by LRAPA for failure to <br />meet their requirements. He added that citation, after discussion with the agency, was <br />dismissed and LRAPA did not issue any type of a sanction for that day. In added in 40 <br />years not once did LRAPA say Delta Sand and Gravel had violated their provisions or <br />requirements. He said the company is responsible, ethical, and committed to meeting its <br />requirements and to operating without negatively impacting its neighbors. <br /> <br /> Cornacchia recalled the Eugene Planning Commission agreed with them on the issue of <br />the aquaclude but the Lane County Planning Commission did not. He said the aquaclude <br />is intended to minimize the impacts of the groundwater flow. He said the closer they get <br />to west of the gravel pit, the more likely negative impacts to their wells could occur. He <br />said that is a consideration they have to take into account. He said their answer was to <br />build an aquaclude. He said the consultants for the opponents suggested that as water <br />comes through the aquaclude on a day of heavy rain, it would flood the grounds. He said <br />they tried to explain through EGR’s testimony that doesn’t happen. He said ground water <br />would go around the aquaclude. He added to meet those concerns EGR went back to <br />drop the aquaclude at a different elevation that would still reduce the majority of the <br />groundwater but they suggested that the top of the aquaclude would be just above the <br />water level of the wetlands. He said in the event their argument is correct and the water <br />could rise, it would rush into the pit and not onto the surface. <br /> <br /> With regard to dust, Cornacchia stated the opponents provided testimony from a medical <br />doctor regarding rock dust and the extreme negative and severe health risks of rock dust. <br />He found the testimony to be prejudicial. He said the doctor had not visited the site and <br />didn’t know if the rock dust he was discussing is produced at the wall. Cornacchia stated <br />rock dust is created when rocks are broken. He said rocks are broken at the crusher and it <br />is allowed by law by the LRAPA permit. He commented that they were certain that the <br />testifier had the credentials to give the testimony he gave. <br /> <br /> Cornacchia said Delta Sand and Gravel is dedicated and committed to the community as <br />a steward of its own land. He said they created a heron rookery and the governor in 2005 <br />presented an environmental award regarding their work with the McKenzie Watershed, <br />the council and their provision for habitat for pond turtles and red legged frogs. He said <br />Page 4 – Joint Elected Officials' Meeting – December 12, 2006 <br />WD bc/m/06121/T <br /> <br />
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