Legislation Would Prevent Another Cemex In Soledad Canyon
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) introduced legislation Friday that would ensure that a Cemex-style aggregate mine can never exist in Soledad Canyon.
The Soledad Canyon Consistency Act, would withdraw the mineral rights for land in the eastern portion of the Santa Clarita Valley, meaning that companies would be prevented from mining there in the future. For decades, members of the community and the Santa Clarita City Council worked to thwart Cemex’s plan to mine in the in the area, which they argue would have disastrous consequences for residents. Rep. Knight and other leaders in this longstanding fight believe this bill will eliminate the possibility of similar battles in the future.
“We applaud Congressman Knight’s unwavering commitment toward bringing the Soledad Canyon mining issue to completion,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar. “If, as we expect, the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to terminate its contracts with CEMEX is upheld, this legislation represents the final action necessary to prevent large scale mining in Soledad Canyon.”