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CEMEX Mine Opposed in Court Brief

On Wednesday, September 29, seven environmental organizations filed a Friend of the Court brief supporting the City of Santa Clarita's appeal of a court decision approving the settlement between Los Angeles County and CEMEX, Inc. The settlement allows the massive gravel mining project in Soledad Canyon east of Santa Clarita to go forward.

The organizations involved were the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, Friends of the Santa Clara River, Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment (SCOPE), Safe Action for the Environment (SAFE), Ventura Coastkeeper, and the Environmental Defense Center. The brief argues that the settlement violated California law by eliminating the possibility of any future environmental review of the CEMEX mining project by L.A. County.

Supporting the City of Santa Clarita in challenging the settlement between L.A. County and CEMEX is a matter of both statewide and local concern. "The settlement is an end run around the state's environmental laws. We want the Court of Appeals to know that it's not just the City of Santa Clarita fighting a gravel mine in their backyard," said John Buse of the Environmental Defense Center. Lynne Plambeck, President of SCOPE, stated that SCOPE was pleased to join the City on this issue. "The mine will have serious impacts on our air quality, water quality, water supply and traffic."


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