Dealing with the Challenges

The Watchdogs face many challenges in dealing with the mining industries, Southdown/CEMEX, Lafarge, and Aggregate.
This page highlights some of the results.

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CEMEX to Burn Tires

  • Public Meetings...
  • Email or Write your City Council
    Longmont... Boulder...
    Lyons... Louisville...

    Still Waiting...

    The Watchdogs have requested of Southdown/CEMEX...

    1. Stop dust clouds from leaving the site. Fugitive dust clouds continue, but significant progress has been made.
    2. Underground reclaimer system. This would reduce front end loader time and would reduce PM10 emissions by up to 5 tons/year. That is a substantial reduction and Cemex should give this serious consideration as an additional step in reducing air pollution in this community.
    3. Enclosed storage facilities for the stocked piled materials. The Watchdogs still witness too much material blowing off these piles especially when the wind increases. This situation--including conveyor shut down time, volume of water at the end of the stacker, distance of fall from stacker to pile and other related factors-- needs to be evaluated in order to stop or reduce dust emissions in the event of sudden increases in wind velocity.
    4. An anemometer needs to be installed at the processing plant. The existing anemometer is located at the quarry site. Wind velocity may vary considerably between these two sites. The personnel in the control station at the processing plant may not have an accurate wind velocity reading at their location if they are relying on the readings from the anemometer at the quarry. Consequently, this may delay implementation of the dust control plan.
    5. At issue is the white powdery substances blowing into the atmosphere from the truck force travelling to and from the Southdown/CEMEX plant, as well as the other mining sites around the community.
    6. At issue is the white powdery substances blowing into the atmosphere from the truck force travelling to and from the Southdown/CEMEX plant, as well as the other mining sites around the community. At issue is the decision by the Boulder County Land Use Department and LaFarge, Inc., to eliminate the historically valuable Wildlife Corridor from the mining documents that were presented to the Planning Commision and County Commissioners. (Click Here to view photographs...)


    Chronology Highlights
    Our History...
    1. In the Mineral Policy Center Newsletter (Winter 2000) - The Power of a Watchdog with a Camera, by Richard Cargill
      The Golden's Mining water pollution incident revealed by the Watchdogs received national attention.
      (Click Here: www.mineralpolicy.org PDF file, Page 4)
    2. Watchdogs outline steps taken to date by industry to can take to curb fugitive dust clouds.
    3. Boulder News Article -- Task force honors Lyons cement plant for cleanup
      By Chris Barge, Camera Staff Writer (Text Only)
    4. Memorandum of Understanding with Southdown/CEMEX
    5. NACo Award
      The North Boulder County Environmental Health Task Force, created in 1999, has been recognized for its cooperative community effort to make the region around Lyons and the St. Vrain Valley cleaner and healthier.
      About NACo...
      The National Association of Counties (NACo) was created in 1935 when county officials wanted to have a strong voice in the nation's capital. More than six decades later, NACo continues to ensure that the nation's 3066 counties are heard and understood in the White House and the halls of Congress.


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