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CEA: Planning Commission recommends NO to Gold Mine

Nevada City, CA – The Nevada County Planning Commission, before an overflow crowd, unanimously denied recommending approval to the Board of Supervisors of the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine and opted not to recommend certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR).  The final decision will be made by the Board of Supervisors later this […]

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MineWatch Coalition Delivers Final Comments to Board of Supervisors

Grass Valley, CA – MineWatch, a coalition of 25 organizations led by the Community Environmental Advocates Foundation, submitted its culminating letter to the Nevada County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors today.  The coalition formed in 2020 and includes local, state, and national organizations that oppose the re-opening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine located in Grass Valley, CA. […]

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CEA: Community Weighs in on Mine’s Economic Report

Grass Valley, CA – Nevada County Supervisors may soon consider whether or not to approve a controversial plan to reopen a historic gold mine in Grass Valley. To inform their decision, the County commissioned an Economic Impact Report studying the Idaho-Maryland Mine. The report was authored by consultant Robert D Niehaus, Inc. (RDN). A community […]

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CEA Foundation Urges Caution Interpreting Mine’s Economic Impact Report

Grass Valley, CA – December 16, 2022 – CEA Foundation recently sent comments to Nevada County’s Board of Supervisors about the recently released Economic Impact Report for the proposed reopening of Idaho-Maryland Mine.  RISE Gold Corp., a company headquartered in Canada, is applying for permits to reopen the long-shuttered gold mine. The mine sits directly […]

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Well owners urge Supervisors to safeguard resident’s wells

Nevada City, CA December 13, 2022 – Today, well owners and community organizations urged the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to implement better safeguards to protect residents’ wells. Their comments focused on the possible risks and potential damage to homeowners’ wells connected with the proposed re opening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine. RISE Gold Corp., a […]

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No Mine Movie Night set for Saturday, November 19th

Grass Valley, CA – The Community Environmental Advocates Foundation and MineWatch Campaign are partnering with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to host a No Mine Movie Night in Nevada City on Saturday, November 19th at 6:00 pm.  Prepare to be inspired. The movie night is a celebration of community and grassroots activism.  Event sponsors […]

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CEA: Businesses urge County Supervisors to reject Mine proposal

Grass Valley, CA – 150 business leaders from Nevada County submitted a letter to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.  The letter includes businesses located in downtown Grass Valley and from diverse sectors in the County including tourism, agriculture, and real estate.  In addition, nearly 100 business owners also signed a petition to the Board […]

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Community Submits Petition Signatures Opposing Gold Mine

Grass Valley, CA – July 12, 2022 – Today, MineWatch Nevada County, a coalition effort spearheaded by the Community Environmental Advocates Foundation (CEA Foundation), announced that it has joined together with businesses, homeowners, conservationists, and others to obtain over 5,500 petition signatures and 1500 comments to showcase the community’s opposition to reopening the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Signatures […]

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CEA Foundation: “Significant flaws in the DEIR for the proposed reopening of Idaho-Maryland Mine”

Grass Valley, CA – March 30, 2022 – CEA Foundation and its MineWatch coalition members delivered comments to Nevada County’s Planning Commission on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed reopening of Idaho-Maryland Mine today. Experts, volunteers, and legal minds reviewed the DEIR’s 1,000+ pages to provide a comprehensive review of the technical studies, […]

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CEA: Safeguards for well owners and the Idaho Maryland Mine

Introduction An application for a Use Permit to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine (IMM) has been submitted to the Nevada County Planning Department. The applicant, Rise Gold Corp (DBA Rise Grass Valley, a wholly owned subsidiary) proposes to dewater the existing mine to depths of over 3000 feet, and to then maintain the dewatered state by […]

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Op-Ed | CEA: Impacts to Jobs and Housing from the Proposed Idaho-Maryland Mine

Grass Valley, Calif. February 26, 2021 – The application documents submitted by Rise Gold show anticipated jobs that will be created once the mine is fully operational.[1] However, questions remain about the quantities and phasing of these jobs, and whether they will be filled from the local workforce or by people with specific technical skills […]

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CEA-NC Virtual Community Meeting Dec. 17, 6 PM: Potential Impacts of Re-Opening the Idaho-Maryland Mine

GRASS VALLEY, CA, December 16, 2020 – Join us for a virtual community meeting to learn about the potential impacts of the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Our special guest speakers for this session are Sol Henson from San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association and Gary Pierazzi, East Bennett Road Resident. They will be doing a special presentation on the […]

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Canadian Firm Proposes Opening Grass Valley Mine; Public Comments Due by August 17th

GRASS VALLEY, CA, July 27, 2020 – Nevada County recently announced that a long-awaited public process will begin on a controversial proposal by Canadian mining company RISE Gold Corp. to reopen the historic Idaho-Maryland Mine. Located in Grass Valley, the mine last operated in 1956 and shut down due to financial difficulties and diminishing production. […]

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Op-Ed | Ralph Silberstein: Rise Gold Corp Proposes Massive Mine Waste Piles in Grass Valley

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. April 3, 2020 – Once again Grass Valley has to deal with a Canadian junior mining company trying to open the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Rise Gold Co’s application to re-open the mine is not yet deemed complete by Nevada County Planning Department, but a review of currently available documents provides a glimpse into […]

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A Preliminary Assessment of the Proposal to Reopen Idaho-Maryland Mine by CEA

March 16, 2020 – Rise Gold Corp’s application to re-open the Idaho-Maryland Mine is not yet deemed complete by Nevada County Planning Department, but a review of currently available documents provides a glimpse into the nature of the project and how it may impact our community. The main mine access and processing facilities will be […]

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Facing EPA Superfund Designation, RISE Gold Compelled To Clean Up Existing Idaho-Maryland Mine Tailings

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. January 25, 2020 – While Canadian mining company RISE Gold Corp was promoting the gold mine potential and alluring prospects of gaining permits to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine (IM Mine) in Grass Valley, CA, federal and state regulatory agencies were focusing on the polluted tailings that cover most of the 56.4 acre […]

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Ralph Silberstein: Idaho-Maryland Mine, Again

Sept. 26, 2018 – The Idaho-Maryland Mine was recently acquired from Emgold Mining by RISE Gold Corp, a junior mining company from Canada. The prior Canadian owner, Emgold Mining, spent years trying to get the mine opened and failed. Due to immense environmental impacts, financial obstacles and public opposition, Emgold eventually abandoned the project. Repeating […]

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