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Preserving Maury Island. Preserve Our Islands. A grassroots, community-driven, all volunteer non-profit organization. Mission: to protect the natural resources and quality of life of Vashon/Maury Islands. Why we are here, what we’ve accomplished, and what’s ahead. Before and…… After?.
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Preserve Our Islands • A grassroots, community-driven, all volunteer non-profit organization. • Mission: to protect the natural resources and quality of life of Vashon/Maury Islands. • Why we are here, what we’ve accomplished, and what’s ahead.
Glacier’s Present to Vashon • December 1997 • “We’re fully permitted.” • “We’ll be mining in 90 days.” • Drinking water – at risk • Noise & lights 24x7 • Nearshore – no worries • Toxics – Berm • Madrone Forest - gone
SEATTLE TIMES 9/88 “Two former employees … pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to violating anti-pollution laws. … The pleas were entered by James Repman, 42, and Ronald Summers, 35,…” SEATTLE TIMES 12/88 “A U.S. Magistrate imposed fines yesterday against a corporation and two former employees who pleaded guilty to polluting Lake Union and the Duwamish River…” PORTLAND OREGONIAN 3/99 “Lone Star Northwest Inc. is proposing to pay $250,000 in fines and restitution for the unauthorized discharges of pollutants from its batching plant into a lagoon behind the Oregon City Shopping Center…” (Glacier Northwest was formerly named Lone Star Northwest.) Who is Glacier Northwest?
POI Achievements • EIS required & completed • Soil contamination identified • Water study • Arsenic study • Feeder bluffs protected • New dock required • Hours of operation limited • After 7 years – not one bargeload
What’s Ahead • County dock permit appeal will be heard later this summer. • Likely to be heard by State Supreme Court – “precedent setting value” • Army Corps of Engineers public hearing on Vashon, May 17th
Nearshore issues • Spillage • Prop wash • Shading • Noise
Affected area 235 acres