4th Annual Lehigh Cement Plant and Quarry Community Meeting

On Thursday evening, February 28th, 2019, County Supervisor Joe Simitian will host the 4thannual community meeting on Lehigh. The event will feature updates from representatives of nearly a dozen county, regional and national agencies that are responsible for regulating different aspects of Lehigh’s quarry and cement plant operations, and will provide an opportunity for questions from attendees. The meeting will take place at the Cupertino Community Hall (next to the main library) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Below is the video of the previous information session held on February 15, 2018.

Lehigh Cement Plant and Quarry Community Meeting

The 3rd Annual Community Meeting regarding Lehigh Cement Plant and Quarry is approaching. Here are the details:

Host: County Supervisor Joe Simitian

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

Location: Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Avenue, Cupertino

Officials from various different agencies will be in attendance to answer questions from Supervisor Simitian and the public to answer questions related to Lehigh.  The previous meeting was held over a year ago and very well attended.  The video of that meeting is below.

Vested Rights Decision

Dear Clean Environment Supporters,

On Thursday, July 28 BACE (Bay Area for Clean Environment) suffered a legal setback when a state appeals court upheld an earlier decision ruling that vested rights to conduct surface mining operations existed on much of Lehigh’s roughly 3,500 acre quarry in the hills west of Cupertino and Los Altos.

BACE filed a lawsuit on behalf of Santa Clara County residents following a February 8, 2011 decision by the County Board of Supervisors declaring that mining operations on 13 of 19 parcels of land qualified as legal nonconforming use. This meant that Lehigh could expand its operations into those parcels without public review and consideration of public health and welfare that a use permit and mining permit would require. (16 page court decision)

Obviously it is a disappointing ruling, but BACE remains committed to protecting citizens health,  quality of life, and our local environment. The legal challenge that you all supported delayed any expansion at the quarry for more than five years and, more importantly, united neighboring cities in supporting our efforts for the first time. The Town of Los Altos Hills, City of Los Altos, Town of Portola Valley, and the City of Sunnyvale, joined the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Committee for Green Foothills, and Breathe California in an amicus brief supporting BACE’s appeal. Local communities and their elected officials are aware as never before of the presence and impact of this major industrial facility in our midst. But we have much more to do.

Our Work Continues.

Legal: BACE has a second lawsuit that will be heard by an appeals court next month. This case focuses on what BACE considers serious deficiencies in Lehigh’s current reclamation plan. (read our complaint)

Noise: BACE will be creating a petition on Change.org to support the City of Cupertino’s efforts to reduce the noise levels from Lehigh. If you hear a persistent humming, especially in the evening and at night please click here and sign our petition. You do not need to be a Cupertino resident to sign the petition. We need to send a clear message to Santa Clara County that regulates and enforces the noise ordinances.

Expansion: Finally, we need to prepare to fight any mining expansion by Lehigh. If you are deeply concerned about any expansion of surface mining in our local foothills please contact BACE. Write us a brief message about your concerns and how you might be willing to help with this particular issue. We will respond to every message.

Thank you for your continuing support.   

— The BACE  Team

www.BayAreaCleanEnvironment.org

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