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Bing pit gets OK from officials

by Christy Chalmers, staff writer

Douglas County officials say they’ve reviewed complaints about a Gardnerville Ranchos quarry and are satisfied the facility is meeting a series of health and safety requirements.

Community Development Director Bob Nunes said Oct. 5 the Bing Materials pit is meeting groundwater monitoring requirements. A series of questions raised by neighbors have also been answered, he said.

“We don’t see anything out there at this point to get concerned about,” he said. “We don’t see there’s a problem at this point.”

The neighbors objected earlier in the year when Bing sought to expand the pit. They argued that the pit could harm water quality and bring more dust and noise to their homes. They also said conditions of an existing special use permit hadn’t been met, including one that required Bing to post money to pay for the eventual cleanup and reclamation of the pit.

Nunes has been meeting with the neighbors and said those concerns were discussed “in detail.”

“We’ve been over these many, many times, and in my opinion, they’ve all been adequately covered,” he said.

Several county commissioners said they’re satisfied with the county’s response.

“Our goal here is good, clean water. We’re keeping a close eye on it and I think we’ll be just fine,” said Commissioner Jacques Etchegoyhen.

“I think with the safeguards that are in place, if there is a problem, we will know about it,” said Commissioner Steve Weissinger, who lives in the Ranchos.

Nunes said his department will continue to monitor the pit, but no formal action is planned for now.