Quarry hearing moved to next year

Citing the need for more time to prepare, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has moved its Nov. 23 public hearing to determine whether or not Lehigh Permanente Southwest Cement Plant in Cupertino has been operating legally to an uncertain date in January or February 2011. A county memo said supervisors also wanted to avoid scheduling the hearing around the holidays.

The plant has come under fire recently from local residents and governments concerned about its potentially harmful mercury, benzene and arsenic emissions that allegedly fall on Los Altos, among other cities.

After unanimously voting to send a letter to the county expressing concern over the facility's emissions Nov. 9, Los Altos Mayor David Casas was scheduled to speak on behalf of the city council to county supervisors . 

Read the Nov. 17 Town Crier for a full story on the debate.

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