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Knight Reinvigorates Effort To Block Cemex Mine

Congressman Garners Bipartisan Support on Letter to Army Corps of Engineers

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Washington, DC, July 13, 2015 | comments

Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) is continuing his fight to prevent CEMEX from breaking ground on an aggregate mine in the Santa Clarita Valley, this time with a fresh tactic. 

Knight led a bipartisan effort by sending a letter on Monday afternoon to Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, urging the agency to deny CEMEX the necessary permits to move forward with the mine. Democratic lawmakers Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-30), who have opposed the mine in the past, also signed onto the letter.

“CEMEX has failed to comply with state and federal law, and must not be permitted to move forward with a mine in Soledad Canyon,” said Knight. “This message makes this abundantly clear and I am excited that my colleagues are joining me in reaffirming this fact.”
 
The letter is the latest in a long correspondence between various elected officials, government agencies and stakeholders, dating back to Rep. Knight’s tenure as a California State Senator. It reiterates the concerns of Jim Kenna, California State Director of the Bureau of Land Management, who has expressed doubts that CEMEX can proceed with the development. It also lays out specific reasons for the Army Corps of Engineers to deny CEMEX a permit, such as its failure to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act and the negative effects the mine would have on local protected species.

“I will explore and exhaust every available avenue to prevent this mine and the devastating effects it will have on our community.”

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