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Support documents for the State Gold Permit
« on: January 07, 2013, 06:39:12 PM »
Several documents are referenced in the State General Permit Draft. These are "incorporated by reference" into the permit, meaning that they apply even though not specifically delineated in the permit. They are not the easiest to find unless you know where to look, so I am providing links here.

1) 303d list of impaired waters: Any stream listed in this document that contains excess amounts of legacy pesticides or amounts of heavy metal toxins above the allowable limits would be off limits. Bacteriological contaminants would not affect the gold mining activities. This is a draft for 2012, and this is updated yearly.

2) Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act of 1899: Not of major consequence to our activities.

3) Section 404 of the Clean Water Act: Enjoy the read. :-)

4) Summary 26a Regulations TVA Act: This generally defines rules for construction of structures within floodplains.

5) Tennessee Rule 1200-4-3: This is general State water quality guidelines. This also contains the list of Outstanding Natural Resource Waters (ONRW). Go to 1200-04-03-.06 (5) for the list.  There are only 6 of them. They do not affect us as they are in the National Park where we are forbidden anyway.

6) Tennessee Rule 1200-4-4: This is the use classification for surface waters.

7) Threatened or endangered species or critical habitat waterways: This lists all the ETW?s and ONRW?s in the state.  You will have to look under the ?Basis for Inclusion? column to determine if a stream is listed due to the presence of T&E species/habitat. Only those listed with threatened or endangered species or critical habitat will be a problem for us.. I have a list of the ones in our area that affect us. I will be discussing these at length on Saturday. If you want to check this out in advance it is easiest to sort based on the county name. This has MAJOR implications for ANY of our activities as the permit is currently written. Please come ready to discuss this in depth.

Please remember that what we have now is ONLY A DRAFT! Do not blast the wording or implications of the draft on here. It was given to us to comment and suggest changes that will make it workable for all parties.


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