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ISSUE UPDATE: Cemex-Soledad Canyon sand and gravel project

In 1990, BLM awarded CEMEX (through its predecessor in interest, Transit-Mixed) a competitive contract to mine 56 million tons of sand and gravel over a 20-year period on split estate lands near Los Angeles for a minimum payment of $28 million.   The contract site is in Soledad Canyon, 25 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.  The area has been used for aggregate mining since the early 1960s.  The project involves a plant to produce and deliver ready-mixed concrete, providing 300 to 500 jobs.

BLM prepared a environmental impact statement (EIS), while the county decided to prepare a separate environmental impact report .  BLM consulted with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and received a “no jeopardy” biological opinion. BLM's record of decision (ROD), signed in August 2000, approving the project with mitigating measures. The approval was appealed to the  Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA).  The IBLA affirmed the ROD in January 2002. 

Five different lawsuits concerning this project were filed.  The 9th Circuit Court has subsequently affirmed all of the District Court decisions in favor of the project.


BLM-California News.bytes, issue 329

Last updated: 04-30-2008