Board sends mine plan comments to city

The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved comments on the proposed Zavoral Mine and Reclamation project that the county will send to Scandia city officials.

Scandia requested comments on the Zavoral Mine project’s draft environmental impact statement that’s due May 18.

The county’s review of the Zavoral Mine plan, coordinated by the Department of Public Health and Environment, found the proposal consistent with the county’s 2003-2013 groundwater plan and comprehensive plan. But the county response included comments about the sensitivity of area’s groundwater aquifer and transportation safety.

The county wants proper handling of hazardous materials on the mine site so they do not reach the water table and suggests a transportation alternative deemed safer by county officials.