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Sherman backs Cemex swap bill

SFV representative now is co-sponsor

Posted: July 2, 2008 1:26 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 

A San Fernando Valley congressman announced Tuesday he is co-sponsoring a federal bill that would prevent large-scale mining in Soledad Canyon.

U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, announced support of Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon’s Soledad Canyon Mining Act that was introduced in April.

McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, introduced H.R. 5887 to resolve a nearly decade-long dispute between Cemex, Inc. and the city of Santa Clarita over Cemex’s plans to operate a massive sand and gravel mine in Canyon Country.

The bill would provide Cemex with land in Victorville equivalent to the value of the Soledad Canyon mining contracts. Cemex would then sell the Victorville land for non-mining uses.

“The Soledad Canyon Mine Act will prohibit large-scale mining in Soledad Canyon that would have otherwise caused further degradation of the environment,” Sherman said in a statement. “Although there is much work ahead for final passage of the bill, Santa Clarita is well positioned to preserve this land as future open space.”

Bob Haueter, deputy chief of staff for McKeon, said Sherman is one of numerous members of Congress who have shown interest in co-sponsoring the bill. A list of co-sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks, he said.

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