Dept. of Energy Work Group,
As a resident of Scottsville, VA, I am deeply concerned about the impact of industrial gold mining in Buckingham County on the water quality of the James River. The James River, recently designated a "Scenic River" by the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a major economic and natural resource in the region and for the Town of Scottsville. Chemical runoff from gold mining will have a negative impact on the river's water quality, which will have long-term consequences for not only the ecological health of the river but for recreation and tourism as well.
The James River Association has rated the James River a "B-" for water quality in its 2021 State of the James Report. The report recommends careful planning for the long-term viability of the river. The river is already impacted by runoff from both urban and rural land use, and industrial gold mining in the watershed will not positively contribute to its overall health.
Thank you for your consideration.