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1:13 AM Mon, Feb. 18th

Mineral Park Mine continues expansion

KINGMAN - Mineral Park Mine continues to expand its operations. According to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the mine has applied for a renewal of its Air Quality Control Permit. The last time the permit was renewed was in 2005.

The permit will limit the emissions of particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and volatile organic compounds.

According to the draft permit, the mine will use a water suppression spray, a "dry fog" spray, wind barriers and a baghouse to help capture particulates and air pollutants.

A "dry fog" uses a combination of a fine mist of water, compressed air and ultrasonic shock waves to knock particulates out of the air. A baghouse holds a bag, which collects particulates when a high-speed stream of air or gas is passed through it.

According to the draft permit, the last time ADEQ inspected the mine's air quality was in April.

The final results of that inspection are still pending.

ADEQ and the mine will hold a public hearing and take comments about the renewal of the AQC permit at 6 p.m. on July 22. Copies of the draft permit and technical supporting documents can be found at ADEQ's office in Phoenix or at the City of Kingman Clerk's Office, 310 N. 4th St. They are also posted online at www.azdeq.gov/ environ/air/permits/index.html, select "Public Notices, Meetings and Hearings."

Residents can also submit written comments at the public hearing or to Trevor Baggiore, Air Quality Permits Section Manager, ADEQ, 1110 W. Washington St., 3415A-1, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

Comments can also be e-mailed to tb4@azdeq.gov. All written comments must be postmarked by July 22.

ADEQ will use the comments to make a final decision on the renewal of the permit. Residents who file comments will have 30 days after a decision is made on the permit to appeal to the Office of Administrative Hearing.