[Vision2020] Fwd: Naylor Farms Public hearing

g. crabtree jampot at adelphia.net
Sat Sep 16 07:03:27 PDT 2006

Came through at my end. Here was my response. Sorry if any of you get two.

Sorry Ms. Craine, not buyin' it. The recent dust and smoke we have been
experiencing was the result of thousands of acres of fire and many more
thousands of acres being harvested. Not the few hundred acres of a fairly
small clay operation. Also to compare Naylor farms to a mining operation of
the magnitude of the silver valley is some what disingenuous. I am also
fairly sure that the toxicity generated there had very little to do with
airborne dirt settling over the area. The problem was airborne lead,
arsenic, cadmium and other heavy metals that are not present, to my
knowledge, at the Naylor farms site. So far, I'm hearing heebie-jeebie scare
stories, exaggeration, and not in my backyard moaning and nothing
approaching facts. Perhaps I could try again and ask, what is it that our
esteemed physicians see as the major health risk from Naylor farms? I know I
could go to farmers market and ask a fairly biased group what they think but
I just thought that since Bruce brought it to the forum and the MCA was so
staunchly behind them, that perhaps, someone could bring a little more info
to the party.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Craine Kit" <kcraine at verizon.net>
To: "Vision 2020" <vision2020 at moscow.com>
Sent: Friday, September 15, 2006 8:27 PM
Subject: [Vision2020] Fwd: Naylor Farms Public hearing

For some reason, this did not come through, so I'm sending it again.
Sorry if any of you got two.


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Craine Kit <kcraine at verizon.net>
> Date: September 15, 2006 10:11:09 AM PDT
> To: moscow vision 2020 <vision2020 at moscow.com>
> Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Naylor Farms Public hearing
> Gary,
> 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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