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A Response

            Since the announcement of the HSRA settlement with Sierra Pacific Industries and Sierra County, there have been a spate of letters-to-the-editor and an opinion piece in local newspapers implying that the closing of the SPI mill in Quincy was caused by the litigation settlement between the parties. This is not true. The agreement resulted in:
  • 7000 acres of land zoned as Timber Production remaining in the Timber Production Zone, and
  • Reimbursement of HSRA costs and attorney fees by SPI, $15,640.
            Making sure productive timberland within reasonable distances of timber mills is not converted into other uses protects mill jobs and the local economy. The monetary settlement consists of less than four months wages for one mill worker. It could not cause the loss of over 150 jobs.
 
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