Letter: Kirkland Mine concerns

Editor:

My name is Jodi Maas. I live off of Williamson Valley Road. I’m writing to let you know my husband and I are very much opposed to the Kirkland Mine. The reasons are several as follows:

We are concerned about the use of ground water for dust abatement. 35,000 gallons of water per day is an extreme drain on the entire regional supply.

Heavy traffic from the estimated 85 truck trips per day coming all the way over onto our two-lane roads is unacceptable and dangerous, affecting both regular traffic and emergency vehicles.

Air quality will be seriously compromised with pollution from heavy equipment and trucks. The dust from the mine (alumina and silica, which is carcinogenic) would be a health hazard. The temporary spraying of water will eventually dry and the micro-particles will be airborne for

decades.

There will be minimal taxes contributed to the local school district or to Yavapai County since the mine will be located on BLM land.

There would be serious environmental concerns regarding the hazardous on-site waste storage (up to 2,500 gallons of waste oil and 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel) which would be near riparian habitat and desert wash systems ultimately feeding Lake Alamo.

Thank you for taking the time to hear our concerns and we hope decisions will be made based on improving the well-being of our fellow neighbors, communities, environment and wildlife as opposed to short-term financial gain.

For more information please visit kirklandmineforum.org and email your concerns to kirkmpo@blm.gov.

Sincerely,

Jodi and Mike Maas

Prescott