CEMEX’s Proposed 69-Million Ton Mine Would Violate State Standards.
(Santa Clarita, CA) – Reflecting mounting opposition in Los Angeles County, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is being strongly urged to cancel a proposed visit with multinational corporate giant CEMEX during his upcoming trade mission to Mexico.
The City of Santa Clarita today announced that a Citizens’ Coalition of more than 8,000 residents, nonprofits and businesses in Los Angeles County and the city are actively discouraging Governor Schwarzenegger from meeting with CEMEX because of the Mexico-based company’s long history of environmental violations at its American plants, and its proposed 69-million ton mega mine to be located approximately one mile from schools and homes in northern Los Angeles county.
“Governor Schwarzenegger is a leader on environmental issues for California, working hard to protect our health and quality of life. Once the environmental violations across America, it should be an easy decision for him to cancel his visit with the Mexican company, as their track record runs counter to the Governor’s words and actions,” said Mayor Laurene Weste.
“We urge the Governor to work with state permitting agencies to ensure that this mine meets all related air, water, and environmental standards of our great. After all, this is a massive, 69-million ton mining project over a 20 year period,” she added.
The City of Santa Clarita released a letter to the governor, which outlines the air quality violations and traffic hazards the mega mine will cause in the greater Los Angeles area. The letter also details a long list of environmental, air, health, water and worker safety problems that CEMEX plants across America have caused in the communities in which it operates.
For example: in Colorado, CEMEX amassed 72,000 separate air quality violations in 2004; one of CEMEX’s California plants ranks among the top 3 percent of toxic polluters in the state and top 9 percent in the nation; and worker deaths in CEMEX facilities nearly tripled from 2004 to 2005, according to newspaper reports.
For more information call Mike Murphy, Intergovernmental Relations Officer for the City of Santa Clarita at (661) 259-2489 or visit the web at www.StopCEMEXMegaMine.com.