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Scott Wilk | On the Cemex Mine, Public Deserves a Real Voice

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By Scott Wilk

Senator, 21st District

The Cemex mine, the proposed mega-mining operation slated for our back yard, would be the second largest aggregate mine in the country. For those of us who live in the Santa Clarita Valley, it is one of the biggest threats to our local environment and will upend traffic on Highway 14.

For decades, we have fought the opening of the mine, but despite our local opposition, congressional and state actions, and opposition from just about everyone but the folks at Cemex, the project is still very much alive.

Thirty years ago, when Santa Clarita Valley was home to only 132,000 citizens, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued two 10-year contracts to mine 56 million tons of aggregate from a site near Soledad Canyon Road and the 14 Freeway. Transit Mixed Concrete (TMC) filed an application with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to appropriate 322 acre-feet per year of water from the Santa Clara River for use at the mining site. Through the years, there have been a number of owners, but the current owner is Cemex – a Mexican mining company.

For those of us who live in........

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