Comments of Cynthia Dietrich

July 8, 2014

To:  Hernando County Planning Department

Re:  Cemex Application for a Land Use Amendment

Contamination of the air in Hernando county is due to the mining process. Crushing lime rock  produces silica in this process, sending minerals and heavy metal airborne. A few of the airborne carcinogens are mercury ,arsenic and plutonium. Mercury can cause damage to the brain and lungs, along with the risk of cancer of the lung. Along with increased risk of tuberculosis, lupus , rheumatoid arthritis,chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Arsenic  released into the air causes irritation to the stomach and intestines, and damage to the heart and liver. Babies and small children are most likely to be affected. Plutonium causes cancer later in life affecting the lungs and liver as well, as other cancers. There are numerous other  minerals and heavy metals airborne in the crushing of lime rock  causing illness, the list is long. We eat and grow fruits and vegetables in Florida, breathe the air and live our lives here . We need to protect our families and friends health against more mining in Hernando county because which ever way the wind is blowing while CEMEX is crushing lime rock poses a health risk to ALL of us.

                                                                                                          Respectfully submitted, Cynthia Dietrich

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