[Vision2020] Naylor Farms Public hearing

Donovan Arnold donovanjarnold2005 at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 15 07:25:53 PDT 2006

  Can you please explain the reasons you have 31 physicans on this petition?
  Are you telling me that you have 31 physicians who looked at the  entire  proposed procedure of the Naylor Farms mining operation,  and they all agreed this was a  health risk for the people living  in Moscow?
  If so, can you be more detailed as to what those health risks are exactly? 

Bruce and Jean Livingston <jeanlivingston at turbonet.com> wrote:                A very important public hearing will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday Sept.   25 in the Moscow High School Auditorium.  The subject is the Naylor Farms   application for a conditional use permit to operate a strip mine for clay, sand   and gravel on its 640 acre farm that is located a mile and a half north of   Moscow.  The proposed hours of operation are long, the water is not   available or permitted at this time, and without water, the dust will   undoubtedly be an issue.  
  I write as President of the Moscow Civic Association and on behalf of the   MCA Board, and also as a Board member of the Latah Economic Development Council,   though expressly not on behalf of the LEDC, which has not   discussed the matter explicitly.
  The MCA Board has taken a formal position against the Naylor's request for   a conditional use permit to operate its proposed mining business.  Numerous   reasons to oppose this application were apparent to us.  It makes growth of   the kind we want to encourage less likely.  It brings pollution on the   neighbors and town, and high volumes of heavy truck traffic to our highways and   roads.  Moreover, the Naylor mining operation will likely only create   temporary, low-paid jobs.  And it will do so at the expense   the Moscow-Pullman region's efforts to recruit and retain high paying   businesses and entrepreneurs to our "Knowledge Corridor," employers   that value our community's intellectual, research, and quality-of-life   assets.  
  Our opposition to this application cannot be lumped into the "crazed   environmentalist" or "anti-growth" mis-characterization that misguided defenders   of developers' rights always seem to assert without considering the private   property rights of adversely affected neighbors.  Please note the following   health-related opposition to the Naylor Farms proposal recently published in a   letter to the editor from 34 local doctors:
  From the Wednesday Sept. 13 Moscow Pullman Daily News:
      Say ‘no’ to Naylor Farms mining permit     
    Naylor Farms LLC has applied for a conditional use permit to     create a large scale clay (Kaolinite), sand and gravel strip mining and     processing operation just 1.5 miles north of Moscow. We, the undersigned     physicians of Moscow and Pullman, are extremely concerned about the long-term     health effects to the surrounding population and strongly oppose this     conditional use permit. 
    We encourage all residents to sign a petition at the Farmers     Market, donate, volunteer and be proactive in preventing this potential     environmental disaster. 
    The hearing for this permit will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the     Moscow High School auditorium. All written correspondence must be received at     the Latah County Courthouse by Tuesday to be considered.   
    Contact your county commissioners and attend this meeting.     
    Your voice is important to clearly say “yes” to farming and     “no” to Naylor strip mining. Please visit protectourpalouse.com or     protectourwater.net for additional information.     
Working together to protect your health.     
Christopher Reisenauer MD/John Grauke MD/Robert Wiggins     MD      
This letter also was signed by 31 other     physicians.
  The Moscow Civic Association likewise opposes the Naylor Farms   application and concurs with our community's doctors.  We   recommend that you make known to our county commissioners that you oppose the   Naylor Farms application.  Whether the most compelling reason to you is   Naylor's negative effects on our health, deleterious effects on our   economic well-being, the harm to future development of well paying,   non-polluting businesses that enhance rather than hurt our quality of life, the   Hobson's Choice of choosing whether to hurt our air or water supply, or   whatever other reason that you may have, please appear and speak briefly in   opposition to the Naylor Farms application.  We encourage and implore you   to attend this important public hearing and briefly state any reason you have   for opposing this unwise and harmful addition to our community.  
Bruce Livingston, President, on behalf of the Board of Directors of   the Moscow Civic Association

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