Letter to the Editor: Other safety concerns remain with the proposed gravel mine
I am seriously concerned about a primary historic, agricultural and recreational mixed use area for this type of industrial use for the benefit of the people of Summit County.
Some major health and safety concerns were not expressed: Large truck traffic is a major concern on Colorado’s Highway 9 from Ute Pass to Silverthorne, which impacts various migration patterns from wildlife; destruction by overuse of a major access highway for the lower reaches of Blue, Steamboat and Kremmling; and pose major risks to the ever-increasing volume and frequency of road bike riders on a route that we, as a county, promote as a safe road. Someone will certainly be injured and most likely killed unless the main road changes are not only addressed but implemented before the permit is approved.
The other concern is long-term colloidal sedimentation and runoff to the headwaters of Green Mountain Reservoir. What are the site modifications and industrial wastewater treatment plant proposals to address this issue and what proposals have been presented to the Reclamation Office for the frequency of dredging due to the impact of the operation process mining? Please inform the public and the licensing board of these issues and the proposed solutions.
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