This is the resolution passed Thursday week before last by the Charlton County Commission, collected today from the County Clerk.
You can still comment to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which actually has authority over the mine permit application.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CHARLTON COUNTY, GEORGIA
PROCLAMATION OF SUPPORT OF
TWIN PINE MATERIALS, LLC
WHEREAS, the Charlton County Board of Commissioners is the governing authority of Charlton County, Georgia;
WHEREAS, economic development and quality, high-paying jobs are of vital importance to all local governments;
WHEREAS, the proposed heavy metal mining operation of Twin Pine Materials, LLC will result in approximately one hundred fifty (150) local high-paying jobs with benefits in Charlton County;
WHEREAS, the proposed capital investment of Twin Pine Minerals, LLC will result in substantial yearly tax revenue to the County;
WHEREAS, the estimated tax revenue from Twin Pine Minerals, LLC will allow Chariton County, Georgia to increase the level of service it provides to its citizens;
WHEREAS, the Charlton County Board of Commissioners finds and determines that the proposed operation of Twin Pine Minerals within Charlton County will result in economic levelopment that is beneficial to all of Charlton County;
NOW, THEREFORE, the Charlton County Board of Commissioners, subject to approval by any other authority having jurisdiction, hereby proclaims and expresses support of Twin Pine Minerals, LLC proposed heavy mineral sand mining.
This 5th day of August 2019.
James E. Everett, Chairman
Charlton County Board of Commissioners
The resolution does not mention that Charlton County actually has no jurisdiction to approve or disapprove this mine: that would be the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
The current comment deadline is Tuesday, April 14, 2020, according to the Public Notice of March 13, 2020.
That thirty day deadline is grossly inadequate, especially considering that everyone is advised to stay home for eight weeks or 56 days because of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Plus the entire Twin Pines Minerals (TPM) application is hundreds of pages, and nobody can adequately absorb and analyze all that in thirty days.
While you are at home, you have a great opportunity to write a comment, and to write to your elected officials. You can also post your comments on social media, as op-eds, etc.
In your comment, perhaps you would like to ask for a deadline extension of 120 days, and a public hearing.
You can ask the Corps and other elected and appointed officials to deny the application, or to require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider wider areas the mine may affect, especially the entire Okefenokee Swamp, the Suwannee and St Marys Rivers, and the rest of Trail Ridge in Georgia. You can ask for the EIS to include other mines relevant to this one, especially the four Chemours titanium strip mines in north Florida for which TPM, along with Chemours, is under a Florida Consent Order for a range of violations. You may want to ask for inclusion of the existing phosphate mine in Hamilton County, Florida, next to the Suwannee River, as well as the one proposed in Union and Bradford Counties, Florida, next to the New and Santa Fe Rivers, tributaries of the Suwannee. All those mines affect the Floridan Aquifer, which is the main source of water for drinking, agriculture, and industry for everyone in south Georgia and north Florida.
To comment, or to request a public hearing, you can write to
Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District,
Attention: Ms. Holly Ross, 1104 North Westover Boulevard, Suite 9, Albany, Georgia, 31707,
or by email to CESAS-SpecialProjects@usace.army.mil or email@example.com.
In your comments please refer to:
Applicant: Twin Pines Minerals, LLC, Application Number: SAS-2018-00554.
For the requested state permit regarding Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, you can send a comment or request for public hearing to
Stephen Wiedl, Wetlands Unit, firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Water Protection Branch, 7 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30334.
For the Georgia Coastal Management Program certification, you can send a comment to
Federal Consistency Coordinator, Ecological Services Section, Coastal Resources Division,
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31523-9600
The public announcement says: “The applicant may also require assent from the State of Georgia, which may be in the form of a license, easement, lease, permit, or other appropriate instrument.”
You can write to your Georgia state representative or senator
or governor or lieutenant governor and ask them to refuse any such instrument.
To find your legislator you can type in your ZIP code here: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
You can also write to your U.S. Representative or Senator and ask them to urge the Corps to reject this mine or at least require an EIS, like Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) already did.
You can also write to the Georgia DNR board, asking them to refuse any such instrument.
Georgia Board of Natural Resources
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE, Suite 1252, Atlanta, GA 30334
To submit a letter to the editor of the Charlton County Herald,
you can email email@example.com.
Or write to your local newspaper.
You can also contact radio, TV, and of course post on social media.
Much more about the proposed titanium mine is here:
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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