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Blue Lead Gold Mine Lawsuit Settled

to reopen Blue Lead Gold Mine in Nevada County. The lawsuit, filed by the Bear Yuba Watershed Defense Fund, contended that the Board of Supervisors should have required a full environmental impact report and its failure to do so violates the Californai Environmental Quality Act. The Defense Fund’s main concern was impacts on the watershed supply and quality. But company attorney, Braiden Chadwick, says more monitoring will be conducted than was originally planned…

click to listen to Braiden Chadwick

Chadwick says there will now be four different wells monitored that should also address contentions in the lawsuit that there would be additional mercury contamination, from historic mining tailings, that was not disclosed in environmental studies that have already been conducted…

click to listen to Braiden Chadwick

The lawsuit states that Blue Lead Gold Mine, which is on a 74-acre site on Red Dog Road, about 7 miles from Nevada City, was subjected to hydraulic practices from the late 1880’s to the mid 1940’s. Chadwick says there’s no timeframe for the reopening of the mine, depending on how long the permitting process takes. He says the reclamation project will also create jobs.

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