Paris Hills Agricom

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Status

Due to underground pumping and reinjection issues, the mine permitting process is delayed by two years. We have continued negotiating for off-site mitigation for this phosphate mine, submitted sage grouse monitoring and mitigation plans to the Mining Co, State and Federal Agencies, and discussed the lack of air quality monitoring with DEQ. Some of our efforts to date have resulted in use of more efficient diesel trucks to limit air pollution and an expanded ground water monitoring program. Y2U will continue to:

  • Track permitting and submit comments to the involved agencies.
  • Continue negotiations for off-site monitoring and mitigation and cooperate in joint monitoring of Paris Creek flows and water quality.
  • Engage with local grazing associations and encourage improved cattle management around sage grouse habitat.  Our E. coli monitoring in Paris Creek demonstrates exceedances of Idaho E. coli criteria. We would like to work with landowners to improve grazing in this area and avoid having to submit E. Coli data to the State of Idaho for listing under the 303D process.  
  • Utilize local media to educate the public and urge the County to press for full transparency on environmental issues (air, water and noise pollution) related to the mine and surrounding land.
  • Request public hearing on air quality issues.
  • While working with BLM, we have succeeded in closing illegal OHV trails adjacent to Keisha’s Preserve and the National Forest, thereby protecting additional sage grouse lekking, nesting and brood-rearing habitat. If this BLM is willing to continue closing or regulating roads near the Kiesha's Preserve and the mine it will help offset the mine's impact.

Expected Outcome

Some additional concessions from the Mining Co and cooperation on mitigating wildlife habitat and OHV impacts in the adjacent areas of the Bear River Range.