Jefferson: County issues revised Fred Hill gravel mining report

SHINE — Jefferson County has released a new document outlining the environmental impacts of the 690-acre mineral overlay created for Fred Hill Materials Inc.’s gravel mining operation in Shine.

The draft, known as a supplemental environmental impact statement, hopes to address some oversights pointed out last year by the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.

Hood Canal Coalition, a citizens group opposed to Fred Hill’s expansion plans in Shine, appealed the overlay to the hearings board.

The board ruled Aug. 15 that the county needed to do more environmental assessment of the overlay that was adopted by county commissioners in December 2002.

Copies of the revised environmental impact statement are available for review or purchase at the Department of Community Development, 621 Sheridan St., Port Townsend.

The department also has a Web site set up that outlines Fred Hill’s proposals at

Electronic versions of the environmental review are available for download.

Public comments on the document must be received by 4:30 p.m. on April 2.

Comments on the proposal can be e-mailed to Associate Planner Greg Ballard at [email protected] or sent via U.S. mail to Jefferson County DCD, 621 Sheridan St., Port Townsend, WA 98368.

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