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Cemex mining project still stalled


Posted: January 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Two months after a congressional subcommittee determined it needs a cost estimate before considering a bill to block a mega-mine in Santa Clarita; the request to conduct the estimate hasn’t been made. Residents and the city have been fighting the proposed Canyon Country mine for more than two decades – yet, ironically, not all residents are opposed. The Signal chronicled the latest update on the mine in its Jan. 19th story titled “Another Cemex stall?” [ ]

The following is some of the partial feedback that a handful of readers posted online with the story.

“I am for the Cemex mine. The materials are needed, it would be a huge local economy boost for years, and sand and gravel pits aren't so bad. All this anti-Cemex hysteria is NIMBY whining. We need the aggregate for freeway construction, new housing and commercial development. If they did not have aggregate available, there wouldn't be a city.”

“Ever hear of "quality" of life? Who the hell wants all that dust kicked up into the air? Do you enjoy having bits of gravel hit your windshield when you're driving on the freeway? You think those gravel trucks don't lose gravel? This is not a gravel mine, it is a gold mine for auto windshield replacement. This city certainly does not need a friggin’ gravel mine here. There are plenty of other business opportunities.”

“The mine is something the city really needs. The mining operation will be needed by big developers for years. The city does not care about its citizens, only the needs and wants of the developers. That is why there will be huge electronic billboards blighting our city, selling the new housing developments.
The final resolution will be a fee that needs to be paid for by the taxpayers of Santa Clarita to Cemex. When a fee of $10,000 per property owner is voted down, the City stooges can say the people really did not want to remove the Cemex mine.”

“It’s good to see that a few people still see the big picture and support the mine. It's just gravel, folks, not radioactive sludge! This is economically necessary. The jobs created are real jobs building our great and beautiful state.”

“City officials say the mine would: increase congestion, especially on Highway 14; compromise Santa Clarita Valley air quality; harm protected native species; and lower residents’ quality of life. This statement is true about all the development that has happened . . . they are not going to stop the mine. It is needed by developers, just like the huge electronic billboards. The people don’t want the electronic billboards, and they don’t want the mine.”

“This mine will have a negative effect on the entire SCV, not just the eastside, and some of the other surrounding communities. The air quality, and therefore the quality of life, will be horrific. Not to mention that the home prices in the entire SCV will go down. If this mine goes through, is Cemex going to pay the medical bills of all the respiratory issues caused by their operation? Is Cemex going to pay for the damage to vehicles that their product causes by bouncing off of trucks? Is Cemex going to pay for the freeway and other roads to be resurfaced due to wear and tear caused by trucks coming and going from their mine?”

“If Cemex means reduced air quality in Santa Clarita, then I don't want it. But is it really so inconceivable that a mine could be run without spewing dust? I've seen similar open pit mines which spray water to pull dust out of the air. The land is contoured such that the water collects in catch basins so it can be used again and again.
Rather than have a knee-jerk “NO” reaction to any type of industry, I'd prefer a more common sense approach of setting clear criteria the Cemex mine must meet in order to operate. Too many particulate emissions? You're shut down 'til you fix the problem. Broken windshields on the freeway? Your trucks are shut down until you fit them with better payload containment.
Cemex could bring money and jobs to the region, and supply the nation with vital building materials. The technology certainly exists for this mine to operate without reducing quality of air or life.”

“We frequently drive that way to go to the USMC Miramar Air Base a few times a year (the past 12 years)and had a close friend that lived in the area near Norco for a over 10 years. We have seen first-hand all of the crap from the mines blowing around in the air on numerous occasions. Our friend moved just over a year ago out of that area after one of their middle children (all four of the kids had some kind of allergy issues since birth in that area) developed a severe respiratory problem that caused hospitalization at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. The regular pediatrician had mentioned for years to them about all the breathing troubles he sees in his patients regularly due to the poor air quality near their home from the mining, but when the CHOC doctor advised them to look into moving because of the respiratory issues, they listened. They ended up selling their house and moved down to San Diego. This particular child has had no issues since the move the last year and the other siblings have had no allergy issues either since the move.”



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