[Vision2020] Naylor Farms Public hearing

Craine Kit kcraine at verizon.net
Fri Sep 15 10:11:09 PDT 2006


Mining is more injurious to public health than farming because of the  
difference in duration of the effects. It only takes a day or two to  
plow, plant, weed, or harvest the requested area. These activities  
take place at times that are separated by weeks of non-activity.  
Naylor is requesting permission to create dust twenty hours a day for  
eight months a year for about sixty years. The result of full-time  
activities will have adverse impacts that are immeasurably greater  
than farming.

To put it in perspective, imagine a cloud of dust and haze like we've  
had lately, then imagine living with that 24/7/365 for generations.  
That's what happened in the Wallace-Kellogg area. The result was  
toxic dust settling over the entire valley. So far, we the taxpayers  
have spent millions of dollars attempting to cleanup that Superfund  
site so people can live there without putting their health at risk.

How much are you, personally, willing to pay in taxes (and for things  
like air conditioning your house because you have to seal the windows  
to keep the dust out) to deal with the effects of Naylor's operation?

Kit Craine

On Sep 15, 2006, at 5:55 AM, g. crabtree 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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