EIR 09-17; Johe Ranch Mining Project by Diatom, LLC


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
EIR 09-17; Johe Ranch Mining Project by Diatom, LLC
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preperation
Present Land Use
PLU: Grazing land; Z: A/Kern County GP: 8.3 (extensive ag (min. 20-acre parcel size, 80 acres with Williamson Act Contract)), 8.3/2.4 (extensive ag (min20-acre parcel size, 80 acres with Williamson Act Contract) / steep slove overlay), 8.4 (mineral and petroleum (min 5 acre parcel size)), 8.4/2.2 (mineral and petroleum (min 5 acre parcel size)/landslide overlay), 8.4/2.4 (mineral and petroleum (min 5 acre parcel size)/steep slope overlay)

Document Description
A CUP for a 93.67-acre surface mining operation and development of a reclamation plan on approx 331-acre project site, in accordance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975. Access to the site is obtained via SR 58. The project proponent proposes to employ open pit mining techniques to mine diatomaceous earth (a mineral suitable for industrial uses including the production of cement) and overburden material (earth overlying the diatomaceous earth, proposed to be sold for use as a landfill liner, and to solidify liquid waste after it is deposited in a landfill). As proposed, all overburden material (typically considered as non-marketable waste in the mining industry) which is excavated will be exported from the project site and sold; as such, no waste is proposed to be generated. Note: See NOP for full description.

Contact Information
Randall Cates
Kern County
2700 M Street, Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Phone : (661) 862-8612


35°19'56.2655"N 119°46'4.2659"W
Cross Streets
north and south sides of SR 58, approx 8.5 mi W of McKittrick
Total Acres
Parcel #
portions of 156-070-01, -02, -10
State Highways
Multiple intermittent drainage channels
Other Location Info

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Mining (th and overburden material)(diatomaceous ear Mineral)
Local Action
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Drainage/Absorption Economics/Jobs Fiscal Impacts Flood Plain/Flooding Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Tribal Cultural Resources Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Wildlife Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects Other Other Issues: GHG
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board Cal Fire California Department of Parks and Recreation California Energy Commission California Highway Patrol Central Valley Flood Protection Board Department of Conservation Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Water Resources Regional Water Quality Control Bd., Region 5 (Fresno) Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water Native American Heritage Commission Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 4
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