Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will this be an open pit mine?
Yes. The material to be removed is both on the surface and below the surface.

2. Is the mine on private property?
No, and Yes. The mining claims are located on BLM land. The mine's associated industrial and commercial support operations will be located on about 4 acres of privately owned land.

3. Will the mine provide local taxes that support our schools or the County?
No. Schools are supported by private property taxes. The mine is located on BLM land.
Click HERE for a letter from the Skull Valley School Head Teacher.

The Yavapai County general fund is also supported by private property taxes. There will be very minimal taxes paid by the Mine because it is on BLM land.

4. Will the mine provide local jobs?
Yes, a few. But the mined material will be sold "on site", so trucks from the customer will come to pick it up.

5. Will there be blasting and dust?
No blasting is planned. Silica dust, a known carcinogen, will be generated by a crusher. Water will be pumped from a well on adjacent private land and used for dust abatement. Planned water usage is 35,000 gallons per day, which is roughly equivalent to the daily water usage of 350 people......

6. What is the material?
The material being mined is tuff rock, which is used as a High Quality Pozzolan in concrete mixtures. Click HERE for a chemical analysis from Kirkland Mining Company.

7. Is the material hazardous?

The material is mostly composed of silica (SiO2), which is known to cause silicosis. In short, the material is VERY hazardous in closed workplace environments, and specifically regulated by OSHA. There are
scientific studies that have shown non-occupational health hazards at much lower exposure rates over time.

8. What is the material used for? What are the markets?
The material is a "
natural Pozzolan" used to replace some of the cement content in concrete mixtures. It can also be used for water filtration and soil enhancement.

9. Is this a riparian area?
Yes, but the Mining Plan of Operation specifically avoids the riparian side canyons.
See pictures HERE.

10. Is this an important area for wildlife?
See pictures HERE.

11. Will neighboring communities be affected?
Yes. Several neighboring communities, including Skull Valley, Kirkland, Iron Springs Club, Prescott, Williamson Valley, Chino Valley, Peeples Valley, Yarnell, and Congress will be impacted by truck traffic and dust containing silica (SiO2), a known carcinogen.

12. Will hazardous materials be stored?
Yes. The Plan calls for up to 2,500 gallons of waste oil and 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel stored on-site, near riparian habitat and desert wash systems ultimately feeding Lake Alamo.

13. Will the Mine use water?
Yes. The Mining Plan of Operation calls for 35,000 gallons of water used per day for dust abatement. The Mine will pump some of this from a well located on their adjacent private property. Some water will be trucked in. An important issue is the impact on residential wells adjacent to the Mine, which have experienced decreased production, and in some cases even gone dry, over the past 20 years.

14. Will the mining company be responsible for the trucks?
No. The material will be sold "on site". Various truckers from various customers, or independent truckers, will pick it up. Thus, the mining company will not be responsible for problems like use of Jake Brakes, covering of loads, dangerous driving, etc.

15. What about public safety?
Transportation data from AZDOT and Federal sources indicate that a significant number of traffic accidents and fatalities would result directly from this level of increased truck traffic on Iron Springs Road.