Golden Queen Mining Company, LLC proposes an aggregate and construction
materials business that will be developed once the heap leach operation
is in full production, based on the location of the Mine in southern
California with close proximity to major highways and railway lines.
The California Department of Transportation projects aggregate demand of approximately 13 million tons per year for the area surrounding Palmdale, Lancaster, and Rosamond and less than 27% of this demand can be met from existing permitted resources. Similarly, estimates suggests that demand from the area surrounding Bakersfield is approximately 5 million tons per year for the next 50 years, and less than 46% of this demand can be met from existing permitted resources.
California updated its analysis of permitted aggregate reserves compared with 50-year projected aggregate demand in 2012. The analysis is available at www.consrv.ca.gov/cgs/information/publications/ms/Documents/MS_52.pdf, and the accompanying map of aggregate supply and demand centers is available at www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/information/publications/ms/Documents/MS_52_2012.pdf
Former Governor Schwarzenegger recognized the need for local sources of aggregate in California and signed Senate Bill 420 in 2006. Senate Bill 420 requires the California Department of Transportation to use recycled aggregates in State paving projects where economical. In this instance, the waste rock from the Mine would constitute a recycled waste product consistent with Senate Bill 420.