Mothers marching to clean up CEMEX -
May 6th, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
BY JOANNE IRWIN
Against Burning Tires (MABT), a newly formed community group, is
hosting a letter writing drive at the Stone Cup Cafe, 442 High Street,
Lyons, this coming Saturday, May 6th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The drive
is to encourage community members to write to the Colorado Air Quality
Control Division concerning CEMEX. Whether or not tire burning can be
done safely at CEMEX, the cement plant just east of Lyons, is a topic
that has provoked strong opinions on both sides of the issue.
members believe tire burning at CEMEX is a direct threat to the health
of their children, their community and the state of Colorado. The MABT
wants people to write to the Air Quality Control Division by May 19th,
2006, the new deadline for public comment regarding the renewal of
CEMEX's title V operating permit. At a public hearing in Lyons two
weeks ago, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (CAQCC) decided
to extend the public comment period by an additional 30 days.
At the same time as the letter drive at the Stone Cup Caf�, there will
also be a presentation on alternative ways to recycle tires.
Following the drive, the MABT group will march from downtown Lyons
directly to the CEMEX plant at 5134 Ute Highway. Marchers plan to wear
particle masks and carry mops, brooms and other tools as a symbolic way
of saying, "Clean up CEMEX." MABT, along with other groups, state that
the CEMEX, Lyons plant is an antiquated, poorly managed facility with
an extensive history of polluting and non-compliance of state
The MABT group formed on April 19th, the day after the CAQCC�s public
hearing on CEMEX�s title V permit. Several mothers spoke out at the
Anne George, a member of the Friends of the Saint Vrain River
Valley, another grassroots organization concerned with CEMEX�s history
of polluting, was impressed by the power of these women�s statements,
and suggested they meet together. Nearly a dozen moms are already
active in the MABT. In two weeks� time, the MABT has organized the
letter writing campaign and the March to Clean Up CEMEX.
Inspired by her 5 year-old daughter's concern over CEMEX polluting the
air, Renee Wayland suggested the MABT organize a children's letter
writing campaign. "Young voices count, too," Wayland said. There will
be crayons and paper available for children at the letter writing drive
Speaking on behalf of the MABT, Michele Leonard said, "Just as I would
not feed my child rancid food or poisoned water, and I would protect
her from a rabid dog, I intend to protect her from CEMEX. CEMEX is
essentially experimenting on this community if they burn tires. The
repeated Notices of Violation (NOV) against CEMEX demonstrates to me
that they do not burn coal safely. Therefore, I don't trust them to
burn tires safely."
For further information concerning the MABT, the March to Clean Up
CEMEX, or the letter drive, contact MothersABT@yahoo.com, or call
The Air Pollution Control Division will accept additional written
public comment until May 19th, 2006. If you wish to comment on the
draft Title V permit for the CEMEX Lyons cement plant (#95OPBo082),
contact Cathy Rhodes, Air Quality Control Division, Title V Permit
Coordinator, at the following address: Colorado Department of Public
Health and Environment, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO
80246-1530. Rhodes can also be reached by fax at 303-782-0276, or
email: email@example.com. To see a copy of the draft Title V
permit, see http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ap/airpublicnotices.asp.