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Knight: Cemex Fight Could End Soon

Congressman Hopeful Santa Clarita Valley Will Prevail

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Washington, August 5, 2016 | Daniel Outlaw (202-225-1956) | comments

Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) announced Thursday that the decades-long fight to prevent Cemex from mining in Santa Clarita may come to an end as soon as next week.

In a letter delivered to Knight last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Acting Principal Deputy Solicitor K. Jack Haugrud stated that the status of Cemex’s appeal regarding BLM’s decision to rescind and withdraw mining contracts in Soledad Canyon would be “ripe” for final consideration after August 9. The correspondence comes as a reply to a letter that Knight sent to the BLM in January requesting that the final judgment on the proposed mine be delivered as soon as possible.

“Our community scored a major victory last August when Cemex’s contracts were cancelled, but this is not over yet,” said Rep. Knight. “An early resolution of this issue will bring a long-term dispute to a well-deserved conclusion.”

This correspondence is the latest in a long series of actions by Rep. Knight to halt the aggregate mine in Santa Clarita. Throughout his tenure in Congress, Rep. Knight worked with local leaders and federal agencies to prevent the mine from breaking ground. This resulted in a decision last August by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to cancel Cemex’s mining contracts in Soledad Canyon. Cemex is currently appealing the ruling, but opponents of the mine are hopeful that they will soon be victorious. 

"Preventing CEMEX from breaking ground on this mine has been my top priority since I took office,"
 continued Rep. Knight. “I urge the Bureau of Land Management to respect the wishes of the Santa Clarita community by cancelling the contracts once and for all next week.”

A copy of Rep. Knight's 2016 letters to the Bureau of Land Management can be found here and here.

A copy of the Bureau's reply can be found here.
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