The facts in the Project are contained in this website: The 50-year plan for a massive Quarry and Asphalt plant (Newman Ridge and Edwin Center North) which would be located only a mile from Ione, creating irreversible changes to Ione’s local wells and groundwater, desperately needed by ranching and farming in the area, which will create further wastewater issues in and around Ione, will add to Amador County’s already reduced air quality, will create increased heavy truck and vehicle congestion on local 2-lane roads, noise, toxic dust, greenhouse gas pollution, irreversible damage to hundreds of wildlife and flora habitats, and will generate critical negative impacts to Public Health. This was all approved by the local Board of Supervisors. Details, videos, interviews and our legal documents, are all contained in this website.
July 17, 2017…here are the Next Steps!
Since all of the thousands of local objections to the Newman Ridge Quarry and Asphalt Plant projects have been rejected in Amador County, we have decided to take our environmental case to seek justice from a higher Court of Appeal outside the county. Please see the latest on our News Taband further below regarding the General Plan Update where your voice can be heard.
But how can I help right now? What can I do?
Participate in the Update the General Plan Activities! Amador County's General Plan has not been updated since 1973 - which allows both outside developers and short-sighted local politicians to find the loop holes to avoid accountability for projects that will ultimately harm, not help citizens today and tomorrow. Violations to rules about the General Plan is an important part of legal case to stop the Quarry and Asphalt Plan, so you can attend the meetings, write your Supervisor, and call them. Dozens of concerned citizens have worked for years to comment on what is missing, incorrect or false in the current General Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report.
Here is an excellent summary of what is wrong, that will give you all of the issues:
The Quarry and Asphalt Projects threaten to destroy an agricultural, rural community that values the country way of living, whose residents clearly want to stop rampant heavy Industry encroachment in the area. Did the County address or mitigate these concerns? No, they did not, which is why opposition continues to grow.
Take a moment to review our choices - dozens of ranches and farms could go bankrupt without agricultural water that this project threatens. We will lose the quality of the air we breathe. Our health will be affected. We will smell it. We will see it. We will hear it. The two lane roads we travel, the sights we see every day, the wildlife we appreciate, the water we need and all the reasons we currently enjoy life in the Ione Valley... are at stake here.
In photo above, proposed quarry and asphalt plant are outlined in red. City of Ione is directly SouthEast so prevailing winds will blow toxic emissions , noise and dust from both quarry and asphalt plant directly toward Castle Oaks and Ione.