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The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Permit Board (Board) convened its regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on March 8, 2016 at the offices of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in Jackson. Mr. David H. Snodgrass, RPG chaired the meeting. The Board approved minutes from the February Regular meeting along with non-controversial actions/certifications by the staff since the February meeting.
Following a prepared agenda, items considered were as follows:
OFFICE OF GEOLOGY
In accordance with MDEQ staff recommendations, the Board approved the following surface mining bond releases.
Surface Mining Bond Releases:
|Columbus Brick Company||Clay||P94-095||Initial 60% Release|
|Columbus Brick Company||Clay||P84-005||Initial 82% Release|
|Talbot Bros. Const. Co. and Talbot Bros. Grading Co.||Grenada||P12-007||Initial 60% Release|
Surface Mining Permits to Transfer:
|Kyle M. Mallette (Ms. Haidee Oppie Sheffield, Administrator of Estate) transfer to Jackie L. Richards, Jr.||Jackson||P98-057A||Approved|
|Buford Partners, L.P. transfer to Mississippi Sand Solutions, LLC||Warren||P80-005T2||Approved|
Surface Mining Permit:
James Matheny, with the Office of Geology presented the Surface Mining Permit Application of Lee Allen and Associates, LLC (Hinds County, Permit Number A1929) to the Permit Board. The Application is a modification/expansion of a previously-exempt 4 acre surface mine and proposes to open pit mine 50 acres to a total depth of 10 feet for borrow material. There were two Visitors from the Presidential Hills Subdivision who spoke in opposition.
Board members posed questions on several potential issues including (but not limited to):
- Stormwater Permit;
- Buffer Zone;
- Notification of adjoining property owners as well as State and Federal Agencies;
- Environmental Justice;
- Increased drainage into the Bogue Chitto Creek, and
- Reclamation Plan
The Board approved a motion to continue the matter until the Applicant submits documentation from the City of Jackson that the subject property is properly zoned for a surface mine and also submits a more detailed engineering analysis as to the runoff rates, stormwater control and flooding issues.
Mr. Roy Furrh, MDEQ Legal Counsel stated that the Star Landing Rubbish Site matter (DeSoto County) will be scheduled for the May 10th or June 14th meeting. He also reminded the Board to file their Statements of Economic Interest.
The next Permit Board meeting will be held on April, 2016 at 9 a.m.
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