Jefferson County, Wash., intends to issue a permit that will allow Iron Mountain Quarry to blast within a mile of the resort community of Port Ludlow, Wash., according to a report in the Port Townsend Leader. The approval reportedly comes with 35 mitigation measures but without the company submitting a full environmental impact statement (EIS) as the county suggested.
The mitigation measures cover everything from traffic issues to noise. Two years ago, the county told Iron Mountain it would need a full EIS. The Issaquah-based company sued the county and won, and is seeking damages for the delay. Technically, the county still hasn’t issued a stormwater permit. Until it does, those opposed to the project have nothing to appeal. Opposition has come from residents of Port Ludlow who would like to see the state Department of Transportation’s suggestions for acceleration and deceleration lanes implemented on State Route 104, among other things.