According to a press release issued Sept. 16, Crystal Geyser Water Company said it was informed that its planned bottling facility just outside the Mount Shasta city limits will require a permit from the Siskiyou County Air Pollution Control District.

The Crystal Geyser Water Company has announced that it will be preparing an Environmental Impact Report for its proposed water bottling facility in Mount Shasta.

According to a press release issued Wednesday, the company has been informed that its planned facility will require a permit from the Siskiyou County Air Pollution Control District.

“In an effort to be completely transparent with the community we have decided to move forward with APCD in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report,” the release states. “By preparing this EIR, we will be able to analyze all potential impacts of the plant operations in Mt. Shasta.

“We stand behind our commitment to sustainable operations and a healthy community. We are confident this environmental review will show that our operations will have no discernible impact on the local environment.” 

The call for an EIR on the project has been strong from community groups in the Mount Shasta area, with numerous residents going before the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors over recent months to express their concerns.

The county has maintained since the project was announced that the planned use is consistent with the land use for which the property was zoned, exempting the project from environmental review requirements.

The group We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review filed a suit in late August regarding the project, arguing that the company should be required to prepare an EIR before proceeding with the plant.

Judy Yee, executive vice president of marketing and business strategy with the Crystal Geyser Water Company, told the Siskiyou Daily News on Wednesday that the calls for an EIR will now be answered.

She said the EIR will review potential air emissions, light pollution, noise, traffic and water usage, all of which have been brought up by concerned citizens since the project’s inception.

While the company does not have an estimate on how long the EIR will take to complete, Yee said that she believes it will be done in an efficient and timely manner.

The plant was originally planned to be open by late 2015, so the EIR will likely have an effect on the opening date.

Yee noted that she is confident that the environmental review will show that the plant’s operation will have no negative impact on the environment.

Part of that confidence, she said, comes from the plan to build a “state of the art” facility with the environment in mind.

As for the lawsuit, she said that the company is still reviewing the brief, but that she hopes the complainants and other concerned parties will be satisfied with the company’s choice to do an EIR and with the results.

“We have always had a good partnership with the city of Mount Shasta and Siskiyou County,” Yee said. “We’re excited and looking forward to [opening the plant].”