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, our most current effort, 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. We are evaluating our options with our legal team and will respond accordingly.
In the meantime, 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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