Cemex, the proposed Mega Mine planned off Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, recently completed a mass mailing to residents throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, welcoming their company into our Valley. The following is an editorial, airing on KHTS AM-1220 radio, by KHTS Co-Owner, Carl Goldman, in response to the mailing.
A funny thing arrived in my mailbox. Carl Goldman, with a KHTS editorial. It was a letter from Scott Hess, from Cemex. The megamine, trying to open in Santa Clarita. Scott welcomed himself to Santa Clarita. He shared Cemex plans for contributing to the well being of our Valley. Yeah, right.
Scott praised the 250,000 dollars they’ll contribute to our schools, neglecting to mention his mine will cost our schools over $31 million dollars in added ventilation and air conditioning upgrades due to the severe dust. That’s according to an impact study commissioned by our schools. We as taxpayers will foot that bill. Scott also said they’d limit truck traffic during peak hours. According to our math, Cemex will add one cement truck to our traffic every 72 seconds, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Scott also didn’t mention the trail of EPA violations Cemex has left at other sites.
So Scott, don’t try to fool us with a folksy ploy to be our friend and don’t expect us to welcome you to our Valley.