JANUARY 27, 1997

 The Edwards Agency

Opinion

Cadman's neighbors ignored

Cadman rock quarry People concerned about the quality of life in the Tualco Valley need to mark their calendars for a very important public meeting Feb. 1, 3 p.m. at Tualco Grange. People for the Preservation of Tualco Valley (PPTV) is sponsoring this meeting to inform interested parties of the proposed expansion of the Cadman rock quarry in our valley. Important issues from Cadman's draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) will be discussed.
   A professional hydrologist will point out matters of concern for our water resources. Also, a representative from Snohomish County's Planning Department will be on hand to address how people can become involved in the process.
   Those who attended the first public meeting of PPTV at Monroe High School in June 1992 will be interested to know that the expansion of the Monroe mining site Cadman proposed in its initial permit application is now much worse in the draft EIS. They propose more industrialization (cement batch plant, asphalt plant, wood recycling, and cement recycling plants); more noise (three to six more rock crushers operating from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.); greater traffic (up to 986 truck trips per day); and much more.
   This more environmentally-threatening proposal is made in the DEIS in spite of Cadman's public assurances after the tragic aquifer break in October 1993 that they were taking neighbors' concerns seriously. There is no evidence in the DEIS that their neighbors' concerns have been meaningfully addressed.
   Even without having a permit for more than 10 years, Cadman has continued to mine the Tualco site unabated. In this new phase to review the DEIS, the clock is ticking and citizens have only until Feb. 20 to send their written comments to the county. We must speak now or sit back and take the consequences of letting Cadman ruin our beautiful valley forever.

Sharon A. Damkaer, Monroe