(SANTA CLARITA, CA)–Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) welcomed an announcement by Cemex that they will cancel their mining contracts in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The proposed aggregate mine in Soledad Canyon was resisted by many in the community for nearly 20 years, and on Friday the Bureau of Land Management annulled the contracts, essentially halting mining in the area.
"Today marks a major victory for our community, which we have fought for many years," said Rep. Knight.
Rep. Knight has been a longstanding opponent of the mine. While a member of the California State Legislature, he joined the City of Santa Clarita, Senators Boxer and Feinstein, and other leaders in the community in supporting legislative and regulatory efforts to block the mine. After becoming a member of U.S. Congress in January he led a federal effort to solve the issue, working with the Bureau of Land Management and the Army Corps of Engineers to have the company's contracts cancelled and even threatening legislative action if necessary.
"Preventing CEMEX from breaking ground on this mine has been my top priority since I took office," continued Rep. Knight. "After eight months, I can proudly say that we have reached a turning point that was almost unheard of just a year ago."