Wasted time at Tarmac hearing

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On April 4, I and about 100 other concerned folks wasted 7 hours of our lives speaking at a Levy County planning board public hearing against approval for a Special Exception for a 100-year mega-mine in southwest Levy county.  Why was our time simply wasted?

 Expert testimony and data was presented to the planning board that refuted many of the claims made by the applicant regarding economic benefits, the number of expected jobs to be gained, water consumption, and the risks from the mine to the health, safety and welfare of Levy and neighboring county residents.  Furthermore, various speakers enumerated the many policies of Levy’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan that would be violated by an approval.  Pro-mine speakers were mainly existing employees and Plum Creek (the landowners) executives.

 A speaker pointed out that the hearing itself was illegal since all other permits required by county rules have not yet been obtained.  One of the board members agreed.

The risks to Levy and neighboring county residents include:

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