Chevreaux Aggregates Asphalt Plant.
As the biggest and most
serious environmental challenge facing the Meadow Vista Lake Combie and Lake of
the Pines region, it's been on the minds of most informed people. But even as
the threat continues to mount, the response of our local government has been to
ignore existing air quality problems
created by burning and increased diesel truck traffic and bury its head in the sand for
big business over air and water quality issues.
Here at MVP, we're out to change all that.
As we carry our plan forward into 2007, we've
mapped out a number of strategic efforts to fight the asphalt plant and other
local air quality issues, but we need your help to put our plan in place.
Please consider making a tax-deductible year-end gift
today to support our strategy to fight for keeping the Meadow Vista, Lake Combie
and Lake of the Pines region a great place to live in 2007.
When you get right down to it, air and water pollution
are some of the major problems in our region. And, as citizen action has proven time and time again,
the best way to compel pollution reductions is to take those who
fail to act and those who break the law to court.
Already we can see the promise that our powerful and persistent approach is bringing...
In all these efforts and more, MVP's volunteers will continue to fight.
Earlier this year, we won an important victory in Placer County Court to
continue our protest against the wrongful actions of Chevreaux Aggregates.
We are now in the discovery and deposition phase of the case. This is
wearing physically on the officers and
directors of MVP as well as consuming our organization's finances. They are attempting to break down our resolve. We
rely on the deep community commitment and forward-looking
leadership of friends like you to help sustain our work.
- ...In the courts. For years, Placer County has stubbornly refused to regulate the
conditions of use permits at the Chevreaux Meadow Vista quarry. This isn't just bad public policy, it's an
outright failure to comply with Placer County codes and the Clean Air Act. MVP
is challenging the asphalt permit because it was never properly exercised and
lapsed due to years of non-use. MVP is also challenging the expansion of
operations beyond what the conditions permitted without any environmental impact
review. Local air and water quality have been degraded with these county policies.
- ...In the community. Because fall and winter air quality is so poor
due to leaf and debris burning and our unique inversion layer which traps gases
and particulate matter, MVP is teaming with other local organizations
like the Sierra Alliance, the Sierra Club, Friends of Placer County and the Bear
River Watershed; and is trying to educate the community about limited legal
burning of dry wood and leaves and to help stop the burning of wet materials,
construction debris, garbage and other illegal substances.
Please consider making an especially generous year-end
gift to keep this critical work moving forward. Together, I
know we can win clear, important victories for our community
Thank you so much for all that you do.
Meadow Vista Protection