Napa County planners are reworking sections of a draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the Syar quarry’s proposed expansion, delaying the release date for the document.
The draft environmental report was expected to be released in July, but that deadline has been delayed for the additional work, said John Perry, vice president for engineering for Syar.
“I understand that they’re reworking a couple sections of the EIR,” Perry said. “Right now, we’re just in the wait-and-see part of it.”
County Planning Director Hillary Gitelman wrote in an email that the county doesn’t have a specific release date at this point, but plans to publish the document soon.
“I still expect us to publish sometime soon, but obviously we didn’t get it done before the end of July as I’d hoped,” Gitelman wrote. “We are eager to publish a draft to start the comment period, and we’re working with our consultants to nail down a timeline now.”
A public comment period would follow publication of the draft environmental report, and after that the county and its consultants would begin the process of putting out the final environmental report. Following that, planning staff and the Napa County Planning Commission will be tasked to make a decision on the permit request.
The company is seeking a new surface mining permit for its operations in its quarry southeast of the city of Napa, which sits adjacent to Skyline Wilderness Park and the Napa State Hospital campus.
Syar wants to double its annual production, from 1 million tons of aggregate product to 2 million tons, and the permit would cover the company’s operations for the next 35 years. The Napa quarry’s principal outputs are concrete and asphalt, and mines for blue basalt and rhyolite.
The draft environmental report will analyze the expansion’s impacts on aesthetics, air quality, groundwater, noise and traffic, hazards and hazardous materials, water quality, and soils, among other potential effects. The county first gave notice to begin preparing the environmental report in June 2009.
Syar is seeking to potentially expand its operations on the north and eastern portions of its property, which will necessitate relocating parts of the Skyline Trail in Skyline Park. The trail runs onto property owned by Syar, and the Skyline Park Citizens’ Association is working with a trail master to redesign it so it will only be on park property.