Public comment period ends Saturday as Pinyon Plain mine near Gland Canyon applies for permit | New
Still, Chalmers wouldn’t speculate if he believed their candidacy would be accepted.
“At the end of the day, ADEQ issues the permits, so I’m not going to say whether it issues them or not. But I know we’ve done more than any other mine would be required to do, ”Chalmers said.
Unlike a general permit, an individual permit is unique to the specific mine to which it applies. That could mean state regulators place more stringent requirements on the mine if they approve the permit, but Reimondo said that was not a certainty. Regulators could use their discretion to establish a lax individual permit, she said.
Nonetheless, the individual license requires a public comment period and offers the possibility of a public hearing, two things that a general license renewal does not provide.
And for those opposed to the mine, the individual permit could pose another risk.
“The downside is that an individual license, unlike a general license, is permanent. Thus, the general permit had to be renewed every five years and did not have the possibility of commenting the public. But this one, although he has the opportunity to comment to the audience, whatever we get, we’re basically stuck, ”Reimondo said.
While the public comment period is expected to end on Saturday, a virtual public hearing is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m.