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Residents Request 3rd Party Monitoring in Comstock Area

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Residents in the Comstock are raising concerns about possible health and environmental issues due to a nearby mine.

The Comstock Residents Association has officially asked Comstock Mining for $50,000 to fund third party testing of blood and soil samples to see if any contamination has happened from its open pit mines.

The company does do internal monitoring, but this group says they'd feel better if the data came from a third party.

"The main concern is that it doesn't really give the community the safe assurances that that information is in fact fully vetted,” says board member Joe McCarthy.

McCarthy says they'd like to see more comprehensive tests on dust, seismic activity and air and water quality.

He says residents live in fear that mines near their homes could contaminate their environment and they'd like an outside perspective on the issue.
We spoke to the CEO of Comstock Mining and he says he understands the concerns which is why they just launched a new system of 12 in-house monitoring stations.

The stations will collect data on dust, wind, vibrations and temperature.

"I really feel like this program is unprecedented. I feel like this program is above and beyond any sort of true business risk type of an assessment,” says Corrado De Gasperis, Comstock Mining President & CEO.

De Gasperis says he had just received the request from the Comstock Residents Association and wouldn't say whether he was considering granting them the money for a third party assessment.

But he did say that adding another party wouldn't necessarily make it any more effective.
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