Public Meeting for Gravel Mine Monday in Buffalo

Public Meeting for Gravel Mine Monday in Buffalo

A meeting to gather public input on a proposed gravel mine south of Buffalo will be Monday night at the Johnson County Annex Building beginning at 6 pm.

Wyoming Construction Materials applied for the air quality permit for the mine, a requirement by the Department of Environmental Quality before the mine can be made operational.

Tanner Shatto, Air Quality District Engineer with the DEQ office in Sheridan explains what the meeting is about.

The mine is proposed at the base of Crazy Woman Canyon, roughly 15 miles south of Buffalo, and the permit is requesting an annual production rate of 400,000 tons of sand and gravel from an area roughly 1,000 acres in size, according to Shatto.

Shatto said even though the DEQ is taking public comments on the mine, they are only looking at air quality issues with this permit. He said it is rare that the DEQ not issue a permit if the company applying for it has met all of its requirements.

But, other permits must still be obtained, he said.

The public is welcome and encouraged, Shatto said, to comment at the meeting, regardless of their concern, because they will all be taken into consideration by all parties concerned.

Again the meeting is Monday at 6 pm in the County Planning Office at the Johnson County Annex Building located at 26 N. DeSmet in Buffalo.

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