The five minute video, released today to state and federal lawmakers, permitting agencies, and environmental and community advocates, was created by the City of Santa Clarita. It is intended to educate a broad audience across California and Washington D.C. about how the mine, proposed by Mexico-based mining giant CEMEX, will hurt the greater Los Angeles region, if permitted to operate.
CEMEX’s nearby Victorville plant already ranks among the top three percent of toxic polluters in the state, and top nine percent in the nation.
The massive sand, rock and gravel mining project, slated for Soledad Canyon, still requires various state and regional permits before it can commence operations. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been provided the video as part of an ongoing public advocacy campaign  by an 8,000-member Citizens’ Coalition, organized to protest CEMEX’s mega mine, and urging the governor to not visit CEMEX  during his upcoming Mexico trade mission.
“This video details the very real impacts the CEMEX mine will have in the Los Angeles region. It’s a wake up call to the general public and lawmakers to either make sure that permits are issued only when, and if, the mega mine operation can meet all state and federal air water and environmental standards, or, to urge CEMEX to work with our community to downsize the mining operations to historic, safe levels. CEMEX simply must balance responsible mining levels and the protection of public health,” comments Laurene Weste, Mayor for Santa Clarita.
The video outlines the scope of the proposed mining project, and some of the negative impacts it will cause in Los Angeles County.