On Aug. 19, 2008, the county revisited the site and found additional work had been done in direct violation of the order to stop operations issued in April, according to county documents.
“Although the applicant has made some progress toward compliance with the multiple notices of violations he has received, he has continued to violate the same regulations with knowledge of their existence,” county documents said.
More evidence for the vested right claim, a complete reclamation plan and financial plans will have to be presented at the hearing before any more activity can occur at the site, according to county documents.
The miner owners plan to take down the 100 to 160-foot cliffs on the site that were subjected to hydraulic mining in the past, according to Harris. The operation would then sift through the surface material looking for gold.
Tucker White was responsible for another unpermitted mine in Plumas County according to county records. Although he had permits from the U.S. Forest Service for his Golden Girl Mine, he did not have them from Plumas County.
The state water board cited White for illegal discharges into a Plumas County creek in October 2006 and the Forest Service cited him in January 2007 for unauthorized road improvements and stream alterations.
In August 2009, state mining officials visited the site and found abandoned equipment, trash and hazardous materials, according to county documents.
Watson said Tucker White failed to properly fill a hole at the Plumas County site when ordered to do so by Fish and Game, and milky water was discharged into a creek. The site has been sold and is no longer abandoned, he added.