CHESAW — The state Department of Ecology is getting ready to renew a water quality permit for the Buckhorn Mine near Chesaw, and has released a draft for review.
Operated by Crown Resources, the gold mine’s new permit will be more protective of water quality and the environment, an Ecology news release said.
The new 5-year permit will give Crown Resources one year of interim pollution discharge limits before coming into compliance with more rigorous standards. Under the new permit, the company must address failures to capture and contain contaminants from the mine.
Last year, Ecology issued a $395,000 penalty for repeated and continuing water quality violations.
The company settled with the state in July, agreeing to fix the problems and pay $80,000.
The draft permit is available at ecy.wa.gov, or by contacting Roger Johnson at 509-454-7658, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments should be sent by Oct. 21 to Cindy Huwe, Department of Ecology, Central Regional Office, 15 W. Yakima Ave., Suite 200; Yakima, WA 98902, or email@example.com.