Action Alert! Monday Feb. 12th New CEMEX Mine hearing before Planning Commission

February 9, 2018

Action Alert:   STOP NEW CEMEX MINE IN BROOKSVILLE

The Hernando County Planning Commission meets this coming Monday, Feb. 12th at 9am at the Brooksville Courthouse Commission Chambers, 20 North Main Street in Brooksville.

Please attend and speak out.  You can download the agenda for this meeting at the following link http://hernandocountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/Calendar.aspx.  The CEMEX mining issue is CPAM 1702 and it is the last item on the agenda.

If you click on agenda packet, you will find the original application by CEMEX followed by public comments.  The last item on the bottom of the page links to “Public comments by D.Quirolo.”    Those are the comments we submitted on behalf of Neighbors Against Mining, Women’s March Environmental Justice & Sustainability Committee and Sierra Club Adventure Coast Committee along with numerous supporting documents.

Background on this issue:  

What:  CEMEX is seeking permission to mine for lime rock on 730 acres of land located on Highway 50 across from Bayfront Hospital in Brooksville.  The land is currently zoned residential and commercial but CEMEX wants a land use amendment to allow open pit mining instead for the next 30 years.  This is the same proposal we fought and won two years ago, but they are back with a favorable county commission, so we have a big challenge this time.

Where: The Hernando County Planning Commission meets to vote on the new CEMEX mining application Monday, Feb. 12th at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse, 20 North Main Street in Brooksville.  Plan to attend.  Bring friends.  Let’s fill the room.  Speak out!  Ask the Planning Commission to JUST SAY NO TO CEMEX.  We have enough land permitted to mine for the next 100 years. We won this battle a few years ago, but CEMEX is back with the same bad deal.

Why is this important?  There are many good reasons why this is just wrong.

*This mine will not bring one new job. Existing employees from current mines will work them. 

* Mining threatens public health.  Lime rock dust releases asbestos and increases the likelihood of asthma which is at high levels in this county both for adults and children.  Asbestos is carcinogenic.

*There is no need to do this and no demand for lime rock. Most lime rock is supplied by mines in South Florida and Pasco County. Plus, CEMEX has five other mines in Hernando County already permitted with reserves to mine for the next 100 years.

*The blasting noise and velocity and heavy truck traffic destroys quality of life for local residents, reduces property values and threatens the health of hundreds of nearby residents.  No one wants to live next door to a mine and this area has many residents.

*The mining excavation would occur 250’ from the African American Spring Hill Cemetery located on this parcel and jeopardize operations at Bayfront Hospital across the street.  Mining will occur up to 400’ from Hwy. 50 leading into Brooksville.

*The mine would damage the Fort Dade Avenue canopy road.  CEMEX plans to build a conveyor belt over it to deliver lime rock to their processing plant further north where it will be trucked out or used at the CEMEX coal-burning cement plant.

*Mining undermines the growing business corridor into Brooksville on Highway 50.  It negates current efforts to grow our nature tourism economy.  People don’t come to visit an open pit mine.

*Mining at this location would threaten local fresh water wells, the Weeki Wachee Springshed and Peck Sink Watershed—a valuable resource the county has invested millions of dollars in to protect groundwater and drinking water supplies.

*Open pit mining here would result in outright removal and destruction of hundreds of acres of valuable and biodiverse upland hardwood habitat and all the wildlife it supports.

*Mining undermines efforts to build a sustainable clean economy for Hernando County, contributing to global climate change at a time when our nature tourism economy is growing rapidly and already generates more than 100 times the income of mining.  Let’s move forward, not backward.

Also, now is the time to contact the county commissioners by email, especially if you cannot attend this hearing on Monday.  Please send one email addressed to all the following addresses today so it goes into the record that the County Commissions will read when they meet on March 6th to vote on the CEMEX application:

Chair Steve Champion:  SChampion@hernandocounty.us *Commissioner Wayne Dukes:   WDukes@hernandocounty.us  *Commissioner Nick Nicholson: NNicholson@hernandocounty.us *Commissioner Jeff Holcomb:  JHolcomb@hernandocounty.us *Commissioner John Allocco:   JAllocco@hernandocounty.us

*Copy  planning@hernandocounty.us &  justsaynotomining@gmail.com

In the subject line, enter CPAM 1702: NO NEW CEMEX MINE.  In the body of the email, enter Dear Commissioners:  I am opposed to the new CEMEX application to mine followed by your name, address and any comments you want to make.

Thanks for your help.  Visit us on Facebook at Neighbors Against Mining in Hernando County or Sierra Club Adventure Coast Committee, visit http://www.neighborsagainstmining.org, email justsaynotomining@gmail.com or call DeeVon Quirolo 352 277-3330 .

Nature Coast Conservation, Inc. is a Florida nonprofit corporation registered as a 501(c)(3).  All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  Donate to help the Neighbors Against Mining Action Team stop the new CEMEX mine.  Write check to Nature Coast Conservation and mail to 222 E. Liberty St, Brooksville, FL 34601.  Thank you!

Never doubt that a small group of dedicated individuals can save the world; in fact, nothing else ever has.

Margaret Mead

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