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Re: 'Shame on those that discredit Granite' [Letter, Village News, 7/15/10]

In response to Sten Thordarson’s opinion letter, the reality of the Liberty Quarry proposal is no longer one of whether it would cause significant air, environmental, traffic, water, wildlife and health detriments. This has already been established by Granite’s reports, Riverside Planning and confirmed by more than 100 local medical physicians.

Riverside County Planning published this statement: “DEIR No. 475 determined that the proposed project would result in significant and unavoidable impacts to air quality and traffic/transportation, which cannot be mitigated to below a level of significance.”

In addition, it cited cumulatively considerable and unavoidable impacts to wildlife movement and water supply.

So, please, Sten, let’s move past this old argument. The questions now are:

Should a bi-county operation with its associated problems be decided and controlled only by one county?

Would a quarry cause loss in tourism, currently generating over 6,600 jobs? (Quarry offers 99 jobs.) How many people vacation in Irwindale?

Should 472 gallons per minute of fresh new water be extended to a quarry or to farmers for the next 75 years?

And, do we really want a company operating a recycling, rock crushing, concrete and two hot-mix asphalt plants, which is currently under federal criminal investigation (additional lawsuit by San Diego) for overcharging us for debris removal after the 2007 fires?

Nita Delnay

 

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