May 14, 2020
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AT LAST: RESOLUTION ON LEHIGH VIOLATIONS
JOSE – Almost one year after issuing a
Notice of Violation (NOV) against Lehigh Southwest Cement Company, Santa Clara
County Planners certified that the problems leading to the violation are
finally resolved. County Supervisor Joe Simitian, whose district includes
Lehigh, observed, “I’m glad this issue was resolved, though it certainly took
longer than I hoped. Clearly, on a property of this size and complexity, the
County will need to remain vigilant.”
At the March
24, 2020 Board meeting, the Board unanimously approved Simitian’s referral
requesting County administration to provide an update on the status of the
Notice of Violation issued to Lehigh Southwest Cement Company on June 23, 2019.
At the May 12, 2020 Board meeting, County administration confirmed that after
conducting an inspection of the “Yeagar Yard” on April 10, 2020, Lehigh had
implemented the corrective actions necessary to deem the violation abated.
Simitian continued, “My primary concern was the
abatement of the violation, and the assurance that the facility is operating
lawfully to ensure creek protection. This abatement provides that assurance.”
hills outside the City of Cupertino have been mined for limestone since the
early 1900s, and the Lehigh cement plant has been operational since 1958, this
heavy industry is now located adjacent to residential neighborhoods, creating
ongoing environmental, health and safety challenges.
returning to the Board of Supervisors in 2013, Simitian pushed for increased
oversight at Lehigh and for the County to step up its oversight role by
increasing on-site inspections. Simitian also hosts an annual community meeting
where residents can have their questions answered and hear from the relevant
regulatory agencies directly.