Yet another community speaks out with concerns over a new mining proposal.  Mine could have largest potential impact on Santa Fe River


Update:  we won!!!!
Editorial by Dan DeWitt / May 19, 2016
Action Needed Now: 

Let the Hernando County Commissioners know you oppose changing the rules for comprehensive land use plan changes.  Don’t replace the super-majority rule with a simple majority vote.  This could facilitate approval of a new CEMEX mine.

What’s the problem?

Last spring, we celebrated the defeat of a proposal to allow a new CEMEX open pit lime rock mine on Cortez Boulevard at the entrance to Brooksville.  The “super-majority rule” currently in place for Hernando County comprehensive land use plan amendments requires that four of five commissioners approve any proposed changes.

This rule applied to the plan change sought that would have allowed the new CEMEX mine.   When Commissioners Jim Adkins and Diane Rowden announced their NO vote, the miners withdrew their petition, since they lacked the super-majority vote needed for approval.  That was a victory for our community and protected our environment, economy and quality of life.

Well, some commissioners are now trying to change that rule to a simple majority vote.  Commissioner and Naval Reserve Officer Jeff Holcomb has announced that he is being deployed to serve in Southwest Asia for the next 6–12 months, leaving a 4-member voting county commission.  By law, he cannot be replaced and his position will remain his, even while he is unavailable to vote.

So while Holcomb is away, no super-majority vote of 4 of 5 commissioners is possible, including for a new CEMEX application, if it were re-filed.  However, if the rule is changed to require a simply majority, three of the sitting commissioners could vote in a land use plan amendment to allow a new CEMEX mine near Brooksville, as well as any other ill-advised project that does not conform to our existing land use plan.

What You Can Do Now:
*  Plan to attend the Hernando County Commission meeting this coming Tuesday, May 10th at 9 a.m. at the Brooksville Courthouse.   Sign up to speak on this item when it comes up for discussion.   We expect it to be pulled from the consent agenda and added to the regular agenda so that the public can be heard on it.

Let’s stop this trainwreck now.  Express your opposition to beginning the process to change this rule. Our comprehensive land use plan was created, planned, and vetted through a public process that ensures we are making wise land use decisions for Hernando and its residents into the future. The plan is not intended to be overturned easily due to the influence of special interests.  Amendments can only be made with great thought, demonstrated need and consensus as expressed by a super majority vote of the sitting commissioners.   There is no need to change that now.
Please thank Commissioners Diane Rowden and James Atkins for their earlier decision to stop the new CEMEX mine and express how much their continuing support means to our community, environment, and quality of life.
Please ask Commissioners Wayne Dukes, Nick Nicholson and Jeff Holcomb to reconsider this effort to thwart the will of the public and undermine the integrity of the current land use plan.
This is a transparent effort to pave the way for a new CEMEX mine application that would threaten our health, economy and ecology by once again considering a land use plan amendment to allow open pit mining in an inappropriate location close to our hospital, the Historic Spring Hill African American Cemetery,  200 plus residents of the area and businesses along the Highway 50 corridor at a time when there is no demand for lime rock. And it would open the door to other flawed decisions.
Citizens deserve to be represented by commissioners who listen to them.  Our message is clear:  NO NEW MINING NEAR BROOKSVILLE!  Don’t change our land use plan.
*  If you cannot attend, please contact the commissioners by email.
James Adkins, Chair
jadkins@hernandocounty.usDISTRICT 3
Diane Rowden, Vice Chair
drowden@hernandocounty.usDISTRICT 1
Nick Nicholson, Second Chair
nnicholson@hernandocounty.usDISTRICT 2
Wayne Dukes
wdukes@hernandocounty.usDISTRICT 4
Jeff Holcomb
jholcomb@hernandocounty.usCounty Administrator
Len Sossamon
*  Or write to the commissioners, c/o Hernando County Board of County Commissioners, 20 North Main St., Brooksville, FL 34601.

Learn More:
For more information,  check out our website at http://www.neighborsagainstmining.org.  Read the Tampa Bay Times article of May 6, 2016 at: Commissioner wants to revisit super-majority requirement for comprehensive plan changes.


The agenda for the Tuesday, March 8th, 2016,  Hernando County Commission includes “An update regarding  Seven Diamonds, LLC, Proposed Mining Project Located in Pasco County”  by Environmental Services Director Susan Goebel-Canning.  See below the letter to Pasco County that Susan and the planning department will present to the county commission for approval.  It  expresses Hernando BOCC’s concern over the proposed new mine in Pasco, a mine that is located in an area within the Weeki Wachee Springshed, a shared resource for Hernando and Pasco Counties.
We requested this action from the county and have been working to get to this stage and hope the commission approves it.  Please try to attend the meeting or if you cannot, please call or email the county commissioners to express your concerns and encourage them to approve the letter.  The meeting begins at 9am and although this item is scheduled for after lunch at 1 pm, it may well be moved up in the agenda.  Citizen comment is scheduled for 11 am.  That is when we can speak up because since it is a staff report, there will be no public comment as it is now set up.   If it gets moved up on the agenda, the chair could allow public comment on it, but not as it now stands, which is why we need to be there when the meeting begins and the agenda is shuffled around.
Here are the last contacts I have for the commissioners:
CommissionerWayne Dukes  352 263-8353    wdukes@hernandocounty.us
Commissioner Nick Nicholson  352 353-5240  nnicholson@hernandocounty.us
Commissioner Jeff Holcomb  352 688-9731  jholcomb@hernandocounty.us
Chairman James Atkins  352 754-4002   jadkins@hernandocounty.us
Commissioner Diane Rowden  352 573-4178  drowden@hernandocounty.us
This is really great news!  We just hope the commission approves it.   Commissioner Diane Rowden brought this up for us at an earlier meeting and has been supportive and Chairman Adkins may be as well,  but the jury is out with the other commissioners.  So we need to show up and speak out to encourage them to take ownership of our shared responsibility to protect the Weeki Wachee Springshed—a valuable fresh water drinking source— which this mine would jeopardize.  For more info on this issue, check out our earlier action alert with speaking points.
So please, take a minute right now to make your calls, send your emails,  and plan to show up on Tuesday, March 8th at the Hernando County Courthouse in Brooksville at 9 am.   Questions?  Email us at justsaynotomining@gmail.com.


January 23, 2016



January 23, 2016


Orlando Weekly article




The assault on Florida’s environment continues as a Senate committee passed a bill that will make it easier for companies to use fracking technology to drill for oil and gas in the state.  

Lest we forget, the Scott administration has ordered the word “climate change” scrubbed from official speeches and releases. The Governor has politicized the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and weakened their authority to regulate polluters. 

Now Scott, his Republican legislators and chronies hope allow drillers to use hydraulic fracturing – fracking, in a state so concerned about protecting its natural resources. Does it make any sense?  

The bill would allow blasting deep underground to release more gas and oil.  Currently and for some time to come there is plenty of fossil fuels. Falling prices show the oversupply. The money spent on fracking should be used to research and develop alternative fuels. 

Those favoring fracking stress that it cuts our use of coal, which is a particularly dirty fuel.  Burning coal generates 29% of electricity and contributes to the death of thousands of people annually.  Coal pollutants include nitrogen oxide, and sulfur dioxide reduced by shifting from coal.  In contrast natural gas is a relatively clean fuel. 

Well-run drilling operations, which extract oil and gas from thousands of feet underground, have had a good safety record.  But Cracks created by the process may release serious pollutants into groundwater or the atmosphere. 

Proponents argue that fracking improves air quality, decreases our dependence on foreign oil, lowers taxes and increases returns on investments.

Opponents contend that air quality improvements are overstated.  More research is needed to understand fracking’s potential health impact to people who live near the wells.   

A number of residents who live near fracking sites say that their tap water has been contaminated.  Some claim water has become bubbly and flammable. Others just don’t trust the drilling companies. They claim problematic studies are hidden and accidents are covered up. They point to corporate misconduct in the tobacco, pharmacy and the automobile industries. They denote recent oil spill disasters.

Fracking requires a huge amount of water and opponents say the process compromises water resources.  Tens of millions of gallons of water are involved in both drilling and extraction of gas.  Local residents are rarely considered as heavy trucks tear up roads and fracking rigs blight the view.  Greed also drives the fracking effort with little or no thought to surrounding communities or their fears. Local residents have questioned whether companies will clean up a drill site after the wells are abandoned.

Other misgivings include the compromised efforts to explore other energy sources, noise, and the spread of toxins around fracking sites.   

Wise legislators know that gas and oil are in abundance and that alternative fuels are becoming more affordable and available.   

Florida is flat and low and its environment can be easily damaged. Yet the Scott Administration and the Legislature are eager to allow more drilling and development on federal land, state forests, and the coastal waterways.   

The Florida Senate and Environmental and Conservation Committee have just moved SB318 recently (fracking Bill).  It now goes to the Appropriations subcommittee on General Government.

There is no need for hydraulic fracturing; there is no need for Florida coastal or inland gas and oil exploration.  There is a need to leave the State’s magnificent coast, state recreational parks, and the pristine Everglades alone.

Dr. Marc J. Yacht, MD, MPH is a retired public health physician.  This column is courtesy of Context Florida. 

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A new threat to a neighborhood located 4 miles south of the intersection of County Line Road and U.S. 41 in Spring Hill has emerged from limestone mining interests.

What: 7 Diamonds LLC submitted an application to Pasco County and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FL-DEP) to mine for sand and limerock on 294 acres of agricultural lands six days a week for the next 25 years on property at 16303 U.S. Highway 41 in Spring Hill, Florida. To surrounding this property is a community of nearly a two hundred single family homes. The footprint of the new mine would be 143 acres–nearly 4 times as large as the current Lago Verde Mine to the south and east of this area that is involved in litigation with an appeal pending on behalf of local residents. It will provide no more than 10 new jobs.

When: Seven Diamonds, LLC is holding a community meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to discuss the Application for Mine Operating Permit and Conditional Use.

Where: New Beginnings Family Church, 18935 Michigan Lane, Spring Hill, FL 34610. Contact phone: 813-992-5210. Located ¼ mile north of State Road 52 on U.S. 41.

Who: You! Please plan to attend and speak out. This mine should not be allowed. Like the long ago meeting with Lago Verde, I am sure they are going to tell everyone that it will be just fine. They lied, it has not been fine. But unless the permitting agents hear from the public, they will approve the new mine and our lives will be forever impacted.

Why:   Anticipated Impact of New Mine, if approved:This new mine would threaten underground sources of drinking water. Limestone mining is proposed 90 feet below the water table in an area located within the Weeki Wachee Springshed. The application erroneously states that “Site is not located in a karst-sensitive area or springshed, and no public supply wellfields are located within 0.5 mile radius of the site.” Plus, there is a well on the property and another one 1.5 miles away at the Cross Bar Ranch Well Field

  • More mining would generate more heavy trucks on U.S. 41 in the area, endangering other traffic including school buses and commuters from Hernando County.
  • Residents would experience increased frequency and intensity of blasting.       Homes that have felt previous blasts at Lago Verde Mine will feel the blasts at 7 Diamonds. Detonations at Lago Verde has not reached anywhere near the intensity planned and needed for this new mine. A buffer of just 500 feet is proposed between residences and open pit mining activities.
  • Health risks from additional dust and fumes would increase. One blast at Lago Verde produced a large cloud of nitrious oxide and nitrious dioxide, both known to be serious health risks. The county says it is dust, but experts disagree. More dust will only further increase health threats.
  • Local Water Supplies would be at risk.  At least one neighbor to the north reported sand in his well since the beginning of blasting at Lago Verde. More wells in the area will be compromised jeopardizing local supplies of drinking water. The application states that “Rinsing and final screening of the limestone will be conducted on site at a centrally-located screen plant. Water for the screen plant will be sourced from the mine pit. Underflow from the screen plant will be directed back to the mine pit for settling, reuse, and recharge to the aquifer.”
  • Neighborhoods near Buzzard Lake could be flooded. 7 Diamonds plans to mine to the southern border of its property less a 200 foot buffer. Within the southern 60 acres is a large part of Buzzard Lake. The northern portion of the lake is the deepest and stores the most water. If that storage is compromised, the lake would overflow and flood the neighborhood.
  • The entire footprint of the 7 Diamonds mine is included in a Class A flood zone and is inappropriate for mining. The miners plan to route all stormwater to mine pits. But if even a portion of the area is mined, the entire 7 Diamonds area property will be flooded. The FL-DEP application claims the mined property can handle a 25-year, 24-hour rain event, but this area just experienced a 500-year event. 25’ berms are planned around the 7 wetlands and Lake Buzzard. The berms planned would force water into Crews Lake, which has been mostly dry for many years and Jumping Gully, insuring that more water would flood into these residential areas.
  • The property is home to endangered gopher tortoises, a keystone species that lives in habitat that is also shared by many other valuable species in Florida that would be disturbed. Plans to relocate them ignor associated habitat and species loss that cause collateral damage.

Neighbors Against Mining is opposed to this new mine because it is in the wrong location, adjacent to so many residents whose quality of life, health, water supplies and welfare will be irretrievably negatively impacted. Property values will be further reduced and the agricultural nature of the existing land use destroyed in exchange for 25 years of open pit industrial mining.

The need for such a new mine has not been demonstrated by the applicants. The public interest should be weighed in any decision to allow another massive mine at a time when the recently begun Lago Verde mine nearby that was approved in 2012 is still in litigation. Despite an appeal, that mine was allowed to proceed with mining despite impacts to this same community.

It would indeed be unfair to nearby residents if they were subjected to yet more mining in the neighborhood before the recently begun mining at Lago Verde is legitimized by the courts. At a minimum, this application should be postponed until a final decision is made on Lago Verde since it will have such a great bearing on the implications and suitability of mining in this area of the new 7 Diamonds application.

Local resident Robert Howell brought this to our attention.  “The expansion of mining in our area will impact our neighborhood with flooding, more noise and dust, and further disturb the wildlife in the Jumping Gully Preserve.   That Preserve was purchased by the County for $2.1 million dollars for the enjoyment of all residents in Pasco County. How can that Preserve be enjoyed when this mine will be its northern and eastern border?

We encourage everyone to take the time to attend the community meeting on January 19th. We’ll see you there! For more information, go to http://www.neighborsagainstmining.org where the permit narrative, map and drawings and FL-DEP application materials are posted. Questions?   Email us at justsaynotomining@gmail.com.

More info:

Wilhite Letter – Neighborhood Meeting0001

Seven Diamonds Mine Narrative_201506041251027339

62-520.410 Ground water classifications

Map of 7 Diamonds mine

Mahoney DR - 1998 Flood0002

Mahoney Drive 1998 flooding

The full FL-DEP application and site plans are too large to load here. If you want them, email justsaynotomining@gmail.com and we will provide them to you.






Lacking Votes, CEMEX withdraws plan for mining expansion


The new permit for the CEMEX Cement Plant near Brooksville was issued with an effective date of November 2, 2015.  The renewal application is due by September 21, 2017,  and the permit expires on May 3, 2018.

Click here to read the full text:  0530021-054-AV_Permit (Final)_signed

A comparison of this final permit with the text of the proposed permit issued several months ago indicates few changes to the final document.   Our recommendations to shut down the oft-cited plant were not accepted by the state and federal regulations will allow it to continue to operate if it complies with new higher standards,  so new equipment is being added to do so.

The CEMEX plant comprises two Portland cement manufacturing  lines, associated raw and produce materials handling activities; coal handling activities and auxiliary equipment as well as all of the land at the South Brooksville facility. It is located 20 kilometers east of the Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality Class 1 Chassahowitzka Wilderness Area and too close to Brooksville, our county seat, for many of us.

One change is that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has instituted an electronic report format that CEMEX will now have to use to provide Annual Reports to the state.  In addition, a copy goes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

This is a Title V major source of pollutant per state regulations and subject to federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).  The most recent NSPS and NESHAP emissions limits have been incorporated into the permit.

Compliance dates:  Particulate matter standards must be met by September 9, 2016.  This allows time for construction of a new fabric filter baghouse and stack to control particulate matter including review of the baghouse system, procurement of new control equipment, installation, evaluation and performance testing.  This is needed because a recent permit separated Portland Cement Line 1 from the co-located Central Power and Lime Power 150 megawatt Power Plant.  That permit allowed conversion of the CP&L Power plant from coal to biomass as its primary fuel along with derating the power plant to approximately 80 megawatts.  Since they shared a common baghouse and exhaust stack, the power plant and CEMEX’s Portland Cement Line 1 will now each have its own equipment to control particulate matter emissions and an exhaust stack and separate permits.

Compliance with new standards for mercury, total hydrocarbons, and the new Portland Cement MACT Rule (or National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from the Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry)  is extended from September 9, 2015, to  May 9, 2016.  Quarterly written progress reports are required.  The key milestones include installing a new sorbent injection system, evaluating, operating and testing the control equipment,  evaluating procurement options of raw materials and testing of selected materials, and complete MACT performance testing.

Fuels allowed to be used in Portland Cement Line 1  are coal, petcoke and natural gas.  Fuel oil and on specification used oil is allowed for the startup/preheating operation.  Tire derived fuel is allowed at the hot end of the kiln.  According to the permit, all of the materials handling activities are controlled by fabric filters baghouse control system, except for the clinker receiving/handling System–which uses an atomized water dust suppression system– and the coal yard activities–where water sprays or chemical wetting agents and stabilizers minimize emissions.  Fly ash handling systems are totally enclosed and vented through fabric filters.  Continuous monitors are operated.

For Portland Cement Line 2, fuels allowed are natural gas, distillate fuel oil, on specification used oil, coal, petroleum coke, propane, flyash, and tire derived fuels.  Nitrogen oxides emissions are controlled by the use of Selective Non-catalytic Reduction technology.  Sulfur dioxide emissions are controlled by use of low sulfur raw materials and inherent scrubbing by lime and limestone.  Carbon monoxide and voltaic organic compounds emissions are controlled by promoting complete combustion in the kiln and calciner and minimizing carbon and oil/grease in raw materials. Particulate mater is controlled with fabric filter baghouses.

Mercury emissions are controlled by material balance with a minimum of quarterly analyses of raw materials samples and making and maintaining records of monthly and rolling 12-month mercury throughout. Water sprays or chemical wetting agents and stabilizers are used at the coal receiving area, coal storage area and the coal transfer system to control fugitive particulate matter emissions and minimize visible emissions.  Continuous monitors are operated by opacity, nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, total hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide and oxygen.

The permit allows the release of 200 pounds per year of mercury into the atmosphere, and sets allowable levels of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead,  total halogens and sulfur.

Let’s hope that CEMEX operates the facility in accordance with the terms and conditions of this permit.  But even these limits are troubling.  We need to reduce the use of fossil fuels to protect public health and our environment.  Hernando County is beginning to support sustainable economic growth through nature and cultural tourism.  It already generates ten times as much income as mining and this cement plant with its obsolete coal-burning facility.



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About thirty people,  including County Commissioner Diane Rowden,  made the drive to The Lake House for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection open house on the Proposed Permit for the  CEMEX Brooksville South Cement Plant.  Many people questioned why there was not a meeting format where we could hear a presentation explaining the permit to us as a group.  Instead, it was simply a room with a check-in table with sign-in and comment forms, a table for the permitting representatives and a second table for the enforcement and compliance representations, with a few displays in the center of the room about the process of making cement and others about the local environmental from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and a table with iced water.

After figuring out the unusual format, those who came asked questions,  submitted written comments, that were added to a very full notebook of earlier comments sent in, and listened as FL-DEP representatives answered.  Most did not stay very long once they had shared their concerns with the representatives and greeted friends in the room.  David Read responded to questions regarding the proposed permit and accepted comments.  Cindy Falanysz and Danielle Henry replied to queries on compliance and enforcement issues.  Public Affairs Director Ana Gibbs was there along with Kelly Bishop, Assistant Director of the Southwest District, who listened to many people ask her why the hearing was not held near the actual plant in Brooksville.  She agreed to hold the next one, if there is a next one, in Brooksville.  The deputy director of the Southwest District of FL-DEP also attended and helped respond to inquiries. A CEMEX environmental compliance representation attended as well.

Diane Oriza set up a virtual link from the Neighbors Against Mining website so that those unable to attend could see David Read answer questions.   Bob Howell, Tina Henize, Ellen Paul, Mary Ellen Urban, Rosemarie Grubba, Jennifer Sullivan, Brian Moore, Lisa Baumgartner and her husband, Pat and Shirley Miketinac, Barbara Bartlett & friends, Paul Douglas and Tony Marra  were among those present.  Rikki Sanders arrived with her children, who quietly occupied themselves at a corner table. DeeVon Quirolo, on behalf of Neighbors Against Mining,  submitted additional comments and studies on the pollution loads, health rankings for Hernando, and related studies to further back up our earlier claims that the plant is a hazard to public health.  Thanks to all!

We accomplished a lot by letting FL-DEP know that many citizens in Hernando are willing to take their time to show up and express their concerns about the public health threat that the coal- and biomass-burning plants represent, given it’s abysmal past record of mercury emissions violations.  Whether it actually results in a change to the narrow parameters of this permit is another question.  FL-DEP will post all the comments and respond to them online at some point, along with the final permit.

The permit will be extended, in whatever final form emerges, until 2018, although portions of the compliance schedule include deadlines within an 8- and 12-month period for the two kilns at the cement plant.  A new continuous emissions monitoring system will be installed on one of the kilns to provide real-time monitoring that will shorten the reporting and response time in the event of higher than legal emissions.   New regulations incorporated into this permit are supposed to result in reduced harmful emissions, we are told.  Thanks to all the FL-DEP staff who made the trip to Spring Hill to meet with us; it was greatly appreciated.  Hopefully, they will remember our concerns when faced with future decisions about Hernando County.


Robert Howell letter to FL-DEP

September 23, 2015

Robert Howell’s comments

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Neighbors Against Mining: Additional comments to be submitted Sept. 24th

September 22, 2015

Additional CEMEX comments

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Cindy Dietrich letter to FL-DEP

September 21, 2015

Robert and Cynthia Dietrich

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Tampa Bay Times: Open house will give opponents of CEMEX permit renewal a chance to air concerns by Barbara Behrendt

September 20, 2015


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Ellen Paul comment to FL-DEP

September 15, 2015

Ellen Paul letter to FL-DEP

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Melinda Barrable letter to FL-DEP

September 15, 2015

Comments of Melinda Barrable

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Dr. Mark Yacht letter to FL-DEP

September 15, 2015

Dr. Marc Yacht

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FL DEP Open House Sept. 24

September 4, 2015

Notice of Hearing

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Join us online for tonite’s FL-DEP open house on CEMEX South Brooksville Cement Plant permit

August 14, 2015

The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection has set the date of Thursday September 24th from 5 pm—7 pm at The Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Avenue in Spring Hill Be there!  Speak to the permitting staff! Submit written comments at this open house on the Proposed Permit for the CEMEX Brooksville South Coal Burning Cement Plant If you cannot attend […]

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Victor Oexmann letter to FL DEP

August 10, 2015

August, 2015 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division of Air Resource Management, Office of Permitting and Compliance 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS#5505 Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400   Dear Sirs: I am a resident of Brooksville in Hernando County, along with 7,100 other residents of our county seat who live near the CEMEX Brooksville South Cement Plant.   […]

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Dianne Goode letter to FL DEP

August 8, 2015

to david.read Sirs:CEMEX has shown itself to be an indifferent and mendacious member of the community of businesses and residents who call Hernando County home.  It merits close regulation and oversight, because its past policies have shown that it does and will violate air and noise standards with impunity. There is no reason to extend […]

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Jennifer Sullivan, Hernando Green Party letter to FL DEP

August 7, 2015

Mr. David Read Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division Air Resource Management Office of Permitting It’s one thing to have been on the side of what appeared to be progress. Many people chose to believe the propaganda about dirty energy, such as coal and oil, being completely harmless. They had that “reasonable doubt”. However, when the deception of […]

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Neighbors Against Mining Letter to FL DEP

August 7, 2015

CEMEX Comments Nature Coast Conservation, Inc. Neighbors Against Mining Project 222 East Liberty Street Brooksville, Florida 34601   August 7, 2015   David Read, Environmental Administrator Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division of Air Resource Management, Office of Permitting and Compliance 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #5505 Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400   Via mal to address […]

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Lisa Bambauer letter to FL DEP

August 6, 2015

David; I believe that the subject permit should be denied. Adding more pollutants to the air is never a good idea. In Hernando County, it is an especially bad idea. The county earns a substantial portion of it’s revenue through visitors to our area. We are known for being the “Nature Coast” of Florida. This […]

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Mary Ellen Urban letter to FL DEP

August 5, 2015

Mrs. Mary Ellen Urban 8205 Fort Dade Avenue Brooksville, FL 34601   August 3, 2015   Mr. David Read Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection Division of Air Resource Management Office of Permitting and Compliance MS #5505 2600 Blair Stone Road Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400   Dear Mr. Read: RE: Draft/Proposal Permit #0530021-054-AV CEMEX Construction Material Florida, […]

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Millie Smith letter to FL DEP

August 5, 2015

Good morning, Mr. Read. My father lives in Brooksville and he is a 100% service connected disabled veteran.  He lives just off of Fort Dade and Cortez Blvd and has lived there since 1992.   CEMEX  states on their website “Act with Integrity” –“We act with honesty and transparency in all our interactions because we care […]

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Nature Coast Action Team letter to FL DEP

August 4, 2015

August 4, 2015   Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division of Air Resource Management, Office of Permitting and Compliance 2600 Blair Stone Road Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400   Re: Public Comment on Draft/Proposed permit # 0530021-054-AV CEMEX Construction Materials Florida, LLC, Brooksville, Florida   As Founder and President, I am writing on behalf of the Nature […]

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Sierra Club Tampa Bay & Suncoast Chapters Letter to FL DEP

August 4, 2015

Sierra Club letter    Sierra Club August 3, 2015 David Read, Environmental Administrator Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division of Air Resource Management, Office of Permitting and Compliance 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #5505 Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400   Dear Mr. Read:   The Sierra Club has mounted a decade long campaign to remove coal-burning plants […]

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H. Brooke Martin letter to FL DEP

August 4, 2015

Date: August 3, 2015 at 5:25:44 PM EDT To: “david.read@dep.state.fl.us” <david.read@dep.state.fl.us> Subject: Draft/proposed permit #0530021-054-AV CEMEX construction materials Florida LLC, Brooksville Dear Sirs:I am a resident of Hernando County and a retired public health worker. I am strongly opposed to CEMEX being issued a permit to continue coal burning. This is an outdated practice that […]

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Ray Wunderlich, III M.S. letter to FL DEP

August 1, 2015

 Dear Mr. Read, I am a native Floridian and St. Petersburgian.  I believe we need to make progressive, intelligent and forward thinking decisions to improve our State’s natural resources , including our fauna, our citizen’s health and prevent disease of our population. Lets NOT renew or allow the Cemex Cement Factory to continue operations. I […]

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