Edgewood asphalt plant on hold

Skye Kinkade

The process to establish an ashpalt plant in Edgewood has come to an indefinate halt, though residents opposed to the plant say they aren’t letting down their guard down yet.

According to a letter from the Siskiyou County Planning Department to Edgewood residents and other concerned parties, Kiewit Infrastruction West Inc. requested additional time to have studies and evaulations conducted.

As a result, county planning staff will be making a recommendation to indefinitely continue the Use Permit application at the Planning Commission’s April 18 meeting, said senior planner Mark Baker in the letter.

“This isn’t over,” said Sandy Skiff, who has led the charge opposing the plant, which has been proposed by Eagle Peak Rock & Paving, who plan to purchase the property from Kiewit if the project is approved.

“I think the community has raised some good questions and concerns,” Skiff said, which is making a good case for a full Environmental Impact Report, rather than the Mitigated Negative Declaration that had initially been proposed for the project.

Though she’s pleased the process is slowing, Skiff believes this is only a temporary reprieve. She intends to continue keeping the public aware of developments and making sure they stay involved.

“This proposal most likely will be made again,” Skiff said, pointing out that Eagle Peak’s permit application has not been withdrawn.

“These studies may result in revisions to the project design and/or operations and the continuance is necessary to accommodate this undertaking,” Baker said.

For questions, Baker can be contacted at (530) 841-2166 or by email at mbaker@co.siskiyou.ca.us

For more about Friends of Edgewood, go to their website at friendsofedgewood.com