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

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
EIR 09-17; Johe Ranch Mining Project by Diatom, LLC
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
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
Agency Name
Kern County
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


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

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
Cal Fire, California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Water Resources, Resources Agency, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Development Types
Mining (th and overburden material)(Mineral diatomaceous ear)
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, Tribal Cultural Resources, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Wildlife, GHG

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