[Vision2020] Naylor Farms Public hearing

g. crabtree jampot at adelphia.net
Fri Sep 15 08:51:11 PDT 2006

At this stage I am not making an argument, I am asking a question. An 
assertion was made on this forum with nothing to back it up. To compare the 
dust from the proposed Naylor farms operation to a toxic waste dump seems a 
bit of a stretch. My specific question is what, exactly, are the supposed 
negative health effects and how are they more heinous then those of a 
working farm. Or is it your contention (by way of your automobile analogy) 
that we should disallow those as well?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joe Campbell" <joekc at adelphia.net>
To: "g. crabtree" <jampot at adelphia.net>
Cc: "moscow vision 2020" <vision2020 at moscow.com>; "Bruce and Jean 
Livingston" <jeanlivingston at turbonet.com>
Sent: Friday, September 15, 2006 7:03 AM
Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Naylor Farms Public hearing

> Gary,
> First, you should just go to the farmer's market and ask the folks at the 
> "Say 'no' to Naylor Farms mining permit" petition booth for more details. 
> Letters to the editor are relatively short. For my part, if 34 area 
> doctors speak out against something, then it is worth investigating 
> further.
> Second, come to the meeting on Monday night and ask some questions.
> Third, if your argument were sound, then we would never have an 
> environmentally based reason to prevent any new development. After all, 
> nothing we do now will have a worse effect on the environment than the 
> automobile. If someone wanted to locate a small toxic waste dump next to 
> your house would the fact that it won't do more harm to the area than the 
> collection of automobiles be a relevant consideration? I don't think so.
> Why not just realize that we've made some past mistakes and try to prevent 
> making as many future mistakes as we can. That sounds like a good policy!
> --
> Joe Campbell
> ---- "g. crabtree" <jampot at adelphia.net> wrote:
> =============
> In what way would a small mining operation be more injurious to the public 
> health than an commensurately sized agricultural use? An unsupported 
> assertion by 340 doctors isn't very compelling, much less 34. Farms create 
> dust and generate truck traffic, not to mention the potential hazard from 
> aerially applied pesticides. Why should I lend any special credence to 
> this proclamation?
> gc
>  From: Bruce and Jean Livingston
>  To: moscow vision 2020
>  Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2006 8:55 PM
>  Subject: [Vision2020] Naylor Farms Public hearing
>  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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