Stone Statement on Lands Commission Demand that CEMEX Lapis Plant Submit Lease Application or Stop Dredging

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SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has issued the following statement on the May 16 California State Lands Commission letter to CEMEX, which demanded that the sand mining plant in Marina submit a lease application for the use of state resources or cease dredging operations:

“By insisting that CEMEX apply for a lease or cease sand dredging at its plant in Marina, today the California State Lands Commission took a critical step to address the beach erosion and loss of sand supply caused by the sand mining operation.  The Lapis plant, which is on the edge of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, has for years threatened sensitive coastal habitat, damaged public and private property, and exploited state resources without paying for them.  I’m hopeful that the Commission’s action today will finally provide the impetus for CEMEX to negotiate with the state to find a swift resolution to this long-standing problem.”

For more information:  Arianna Smith