1/3/2019 2:38:00 PM Tiller permit up next; EAW
sufficient, County Board declares
There was a negative finding by the County Board December 19 on the need for Tiller Corp. to delve any deeper into environmental aspects of its plan to expand a gravel pit in Sunrise. The next step, then, is working through the county planning commission drafting an aggregate mining permit that will regulate this expanded opertaion, off River Road on the west edge of the state park.
There will be a total of 93 acres being mined should Tiller be granted a final pit permit by County Commissioners.
Action taken by the county commissioners was a declaration that it is not necessary to do a more in depth environmental analysis by requiring an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The in depth review is only required when the responsible governing agency rules the worksheet falls short of addressing concerns. The County Board was also advised no regulatory reviewing agencies indicated a need for the Impact Statement.
The worksheet review began Sept. 24 and finished October 24. (Stories Press October 11, Dec. 13)
~ Among items of concern that were noted in comments on the EAW, residents want truck traffic better regulated, either a turn lane on River Road and/or signage are suggeted.
~ Noise is not projected to increase from what Tiller operations already generate at the existing pit.
~ Poor air quality-odor- was noted in EAW comments by a neighbor, who said exhaust is a problem when diesel trucks idle. There is a note for the planning commission to look into permit conditions including prohibition of truck standing, parking or standing on roadways and areas outside of the mine.
~ To avoid impacting surface waters the company will not drain, fill or dredge vegetation within the wetland located on site. No increase in what is being discharged into the Sunrise River is anticipated from the extra 10 acres.
~ A 10-hour workday is typical at this pit, according to the operator. Hours are being proposed for 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. with no Sunday business.