5504 PJJ 01-09; Griffith Expansion Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
5504 PJJ 01-09; Griffith Expansion Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Mining and grazing land/A (Exclusive Agriculture); 8.4/2.5 (Mineral & Petroleum-Steep Slope); 8.3/2.5 (Extensive Agriculture-Steep Slope)
Document Description
Modification of an existing Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow the expansion of a surface mining operation and development of a reclamation plan on 219.47 acres in accordance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) 1975. Specifically, the request is intended to expand the 101.72 acre mining operation approved on February 13, 2003 (CUP 4, Map 218R, Resolution; 20-03) by 117.75 acres. As proposed, mining and associated activities would now disturb a total of 219.47 acres on a portion of 4 parcels. Material to be mined will continue to be aggregate (sand and gravel) and employ open pit mining techniques. Mining will continue to be phased (total of 4) with the existing pit to be backfilled with mine waste from each successive phase. The mine will continue to operate with a maximum of 20 employees on site at any one time. The project proponent estimates the annual removal of material will remain between 250,000 and 1,000,000 tons per year; however with an extended life of operation; a total of 28,689,623 tons of material will have been procedure upon the mine's closure in the year 2033. Total waste retained on site over the life of the project is expected to be 4,877,236 tons. Maximum depth of excavation will remain at 119 ft. Final pit slopes will also remain at a 4:1 (horizontal :vertical) slope. Water supply to the project will continue to be provided from three sources: delivered bottle water, on-site well, and water piped in from the Wheeler Ridge Maricopa Water Storage District.

Contact Information

Paul J. Johnson
Agency Name
Kern County Planning Department
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Edmonston Pumping Plant Rd (5.5 miles east of the Grapevine Interchange on I-5)
Total Acres
Parcel #
Pastoria Creek, California Aqueduct
Other Location Info
City/Nearest Community: Wheeler Ridge

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency
Development Types
Mining (Mineral aggregate)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Fiscal Impacts, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Wildlife

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