Mine in Scandia will get county input

The Washington County Board approved comments on May 8 to send to the city of Scandia regarding a study for the proposed Zavoral Mine and Reclamation Plan. Scandia is requesting comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Zavoral Mine and Reclamation Plan, due by May 18. The Department of Public Health and Environment has coordinated the review for Washington County. The review found the proposal generally consistent with the 2003-2013 Groundwater Plan and Washington County Comprehensive Plan. In response to the plan, staff prepared several comments related to the sensitivity of the aquifer and to transportation safety. The comments asked that care be taken to ensure that any hazardous materials on site be properly handled so they do not reach the water table. The county also commented on transportation alternatives, supporting one that is deemed to be the safer.