CANSS attorney, Norman M. Semanko, of Parsons Behle, and Latimer law firm, joined us in 2017. Norm recognized as an “Idaho Leader in Law” by the Idaho Business Review in 2016 for his work, brings to our team extensive experience with water resources, environmental, natural resources, public lands, and regulatory issues.
Norm Semanko in collaboration with the Gonzaga’s University Law Team, along with Responsible Growth*North East Washington and the citizens are working hard to ‘Stop the Smelter’. From the beginning, Norm made it clear this battle is to be won in the judicial system as seen from the legal efforts outlined below. The Land Appeal decision was NOT in our favor. The Court of Appeals recently upheld the sale to PacWest over strong arguments made by CANSS and other parties. This decision only strengthens our determination to oppose the smelter.
On July 2, 2020, an important hurdle was cleared in our legal battle against the smelter! The Washington Supreme Court of Appeals granted our request to officially publish its opinion. This allowed us to file a Petition for Review which was done on July 30, 2020, by the Gonzaga law team, Rick Eichstaedt, and Norm Semanko requesting the court to hear our appeal of their last ruling on the land sale from PUD to PacWest. The answer may take anywhere from 2 months up to a year or so. We encourage everyone to be patient! As soon as it is received, we will announce the decision. Our legal team made a strong argument on behalf of the citizens in this request and we send them a special ‘thank you’!
CANSS remains vigilant and will continue to meet the smelter proposal at every turn. Whether PacWest legally owns the property or not, it is not zoned for industrial use. PacWest has not applied – let alone been approved – for the multitude of permits that are required to conduct such an operation. Nevertheless, we have successfully and repeatedly beaten back PacWest’s efforts to move forward with the smelter. CANSS and its members stand ready to meet the challenge – anytime, anywhere! Remember, slow and steady wins the race; we’re in this for the long haul.
Stay strong everyone! No Newport Smelter!!
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