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, LLC, Brooksville, Florida

Please turn down CEMEX state permit to extend the air pollutants permit for the Brooksville South Cement Plant OR even issue any new permit for this outdated coal burning plant that has been cited 19 times since 2001 for mercury missions that exceeded air quality standards and is considered a major source of air pollution under current state and federal laws.

CEMEX has burned improper items at the coal burning plant, has not reclaimed abandoned old mining areas in a timely manner, built a gigantic dirt ramp in anticipation of a conveyor belt over a canopy road for a mining proposal that was withdrawn and county commissioners actually spent taxpayer dollars to change the location of a road extension for powerful businessmen that own the land in anticipation of CEMEX mining on the property without having a road extension bisecting the property…..and I could go on. Some items are well documented, others are local knowledge.

As a resident and volunteer with neighborsagainstmining.org, I am asking that you put a permanent moratorium on permitting for this CEMEX plant. Hernando County has become way too populous for CEMEX to continue to mine here. Please visit neighborsagainstmining.org on Facebook for more information.

 

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Urban

CC:         Senator Wilton Simpson

Vice Chair, Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee Of the State of Florida

10 West Jefferson Street

P.O. Box 938

Brooksville, FL 34605

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