The Signal: Senate approves Wilk bill to combat CEMEX mine project

State Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, announced Thursday his bill, Senate Bill 520, received the unanimous support of the state Senate. SB 520 would give the public the opportunity to weigh in before the CEMEX sand and gravel mine can proceed.

“The proposed CEMEX mega-mine at Soledad Canyon Road and the 14 Freeway would be the second-largest aggregate mine in America,” said Wilk. “The project didn’t make sense in 1991, and less so today. The people ought to have a right to petition their government and SB 520 would achieve this.”

Assemblywoman Suzette Valladares, R-Santa Clarita, co-authored the bill, which would provide the public an opportunity to weigh in on large mining projects whose water-appropriation permit applications were filed with the State Water Resources Control Board more than 30 years ago, before the board makes a final determination on the application. This includes the planned CEMEX mine in the Santa Clarita Valley, which has been subject of decades of ongoing litigation and local community opposition.

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