Sorry it has been so long between updates but with so few of us who have volunteered to work
on this project, I have not had time to write. Hope everyone is well and staying cool!
I am going to be vague in what some of our plans are and the reason for that is that we need
an element of surprise against those we are fighting and this is a public website.
The latest on the Air Quality Permit is that there should be an October public (on-line) meeting
where we will be given an opportunity to express our concerns.
As with the March 11 meeting the focus is not that we don’t want the mining but what are our
concerns about air quality should the mining begin. I am hoping as a neighborhood we can gather
for this and put together some educated questions and demands about air quality that we can present
to Maricopa Department of Air Quality. There are thousands of you out there so I certainly hope you
will take the time to put together some thoughts and email them to our email link on this site.
We want to be organized and not caught with our pants down, so to speak, like we were at the
Reclamation Plan meeting on March 11, 2020.
The air quality permit is the last piece before the destruction can begin, so time is really
running out for action to be taken.
If you have not called or written to the Maricopa Department of Air Quality to express your concerns,
call 602-506-6010 or email a complaint to AQmail@maricopa.gov
We are horrified by the law, ARS 11-812, that is allowing Custom Landscape Materials, LLC, and the
owners of the property to start a mine in the middle of an existing neighborhood. If you have not
already written to our state representatives asking for change, that would be helpful.
As it stands now, John Fillmore and Kelly Townsend will be our reps during the next legislative session.
Another representative will be elected but we won't know who until after the election.
Kelly will be in the Senate, moving from the House of Reps, but her vote will be needed to change the law.
David Farnsworth has completed his terms in the legislature and is running for some other office I believe.
Rusty Bowers, if reelected, is not in our district but he is currently the Speaker of the House
and as it seems, the Speaker has a huge say in what laws pass or don’t.
Contact information is on our website.
Our very small group of volunteers is working all angles to try and stop this project but we have
been unsuccessful so far. This is partly because we don’t have sufficient funds in GoFundMe to hire
legal representation and no one has offered up any attorney friend who could at least give us guidance.
All the big pro-bono firms have turned us down even though this project, if it proceeds, will
be setting a horrible precedent for the entire state of Arizona.
We have spent $204.00 , which will be reimbursed from GoFundMe, to simply consult with an attorney but
we do not have anything close to the money it would take to retain an attorney to work these issues for us.
We are doing the best we can with what we have.
Some of you saw the Channel 15 news truck in the neighborhood last week.
It is my understanding they are looking into doing a story on this nightmare we are having
and not just that but asking how mining could happen to a neighborhood where the mine is
closer than a stone’s throw to so many homes.
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Custom Landscape has submitted to the Maricopa Air Quality Department for an air quality permit.
If they meet the requirements, the county must approve the permit request.
On August 13 we provided the Maricopa Air Quality Department with data explaining in detail
why the Department's air quality permitting requirements are inadequate for this mine.
Their dust control precedures are designed specifically for mine sites at or below ground level.
Air flow over a hill of this size is much different than would occur over flat terrain.
We have provided evidence of the following conditions that will exist at this mine site:
1. An increase of mean wind speed with height,
2. strong turbulent fluctuations of wind speed at all heights,
3. a broad band of frequencies of the fluctuations or gusts, and
4. similar patterns of gusts at all heights.
These conditions are unique to this location on the top of a hill and are unlike any other mine
location they have ever approved. Since homes and families are all around this mine site, it is
critical for their permitting process to be well supported by studies of potential problems with
particulate control. The safety of this neighborhood requires it.
This neighborhood has been here for over 50 years.
If this permitting process allows a mine to be located right in the middle of the neighborhood,
a thorough study must be done to verify the effectiveness of dust and particulate controls.
The unique location of this mine on top of a 130 foot hill and it's incredibly close proximity
to neighborhood homes can not be treated casually as an administrative issue.
Any true and honest evaluation of these conditions will require studies to determine what
safeguards are necessary and what measures will be adequate to protect this neighborhood.
Here are copies of the permit request and air quality rules:
Rule 316 Handbook