A conditional use permit for a 30-acre surface mining operation and development of a reclamation plan in accordance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) of 1975. The project is for the construction of a 15-acre agricultural pond where the excavated material will be utilized in direct support of a California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) project for the widening of State Highway 46. An additional 15 acres is anticipated to be disturbed for staging and movement of vehicles. Access to the sire is from Ashurst Road. The project will entail the excavation and removal of 323,895 cubic yards of clay and dirt to a maximum depth of 20 feet below natural grade. Mining will be conducted in an open, graded pit with sloping sidewalls at a steepness no greater than 2:1 (horizontal: vertical). It is anticipated that the project will be constructed over a maximum 30 month timeline to include approximately 80 working days (60 days of excavation, and 20 days for hauling of soil and ancillary activities) for the CalTrans project. The remaining time is allocated for construction of the agricultural pond and reclamation activities. Surface mining operations will be conducted between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. Monday through Friday with no nighttime operations being proposed. During the 80 working days, the project will generate a maximum of 20 employees will be on-site at any one time. No fuel total of 900 average daily trips (ADT) for haul trucks. It is anticipated that a maximum of 20 employees will be on-site at any one time. No fuel will be stored on-site. Sewage requirements will be met by use of portable toilets which will be serviced by a private contractor. The project proponent has secured a will-serve letter to obtain water from Blackwell Land, LLC for use in dust control measures during mining operations.
Department of Water ResourcesAir Resources Board, Major Industrial ProjectsCalifornia Department of Parks and RecreationCalifornia Highway PatrolCaltrans, District 6Caltrans, Division of Transportation PlanningDepartment of ConservationDepartment of Fish and Wildlife, Region 4Department of Toxic Substances ControlNative American Heritage CommissionRegional Water Quality Control Bd., Region 5 (Fresno)Resources AgencyState Lands CommissionState Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights