Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc.
From the People Who Want to Outlaw Septic Systems... to the Sixteen to One Mine ~ The Mountain Messenger
SACRAMENTO–They’re at it again. Five and a half years ago, the Central Valley Water Quality Control Board forbid the Sixteen to One mine to allow water to drain through the mine, demanded $60,000 worth of annual water monitoring, hugely more expensive permit fees, and sent the case to the Attorney General’s office.
This time, the Water Board is taking the Sixteen to One, and CEO Mike Miller personally, to court in a civil suit alleging generally the same complaints. Meanwhile, Miller awaits word on requests he has made of the Water Board steadily through the last 10 years.
The recent suit names the mine as a source of waste and pollutants into Kanaka Creek, claims the mine is deficient in monitoring and reporting, and operating without a permit, and names the Mine as a public nuisance. The Water Board is seeking well over a million dollars in penalties.
The Sixteen to One obtained a permit when it was milling, processing, ore with water. It has not done that in nearly 10 years, but despite repeated notifications, the Water Board has ignored the fact. Sixteen to One shareholders must have a sense of deja-vu, and an observer cannot help but believe the matter has become personal to
Given the fiscal state of the State, it is not surprising the bureaucracy is looking at funding sources. At the 2002 hearing, officials of the Water Board simply ignored the
collected. Then-mine engineer Jason Burke was aghast at the process, and in high dudgeon chastised water board staff for lying about the data he, personally, had
overseen collecting and forwarded to the state. He pointed out the Board’s key chart “proving” the mine’s refusal to submit monitoring data had omitted reams of
documentation he had provided.
Such regulatory board members are political appointees: rubber stamps pulling down well over $100,000 a year, fundamentally ignorant of the industries they are charged to oversee. In the latest case, it became painfully evident the board members had
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