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Our residents and visitors from around the world come into our beautiful Napa Valley on Highways 29 and 221 from the south, passing between Napa Valley College on the left and a large mine on the right.  Our valley is shaped like a lung.  At its mouth lies the mine spewing asphalt toxins, diesel emissions and silica-laden dust into our air.  Prevailing winds carry these toxins over our neighborhoods, patients and staff at Napa State Hospital and numerous schools and children’s centers.  Our local county government and our state air quality board do not monitor the mine’s pollution. Inspections have been lame at best. Ineffective half-hearted mitigation measures do not protect our community.  The mine’s recently-renewed court-challenged 35-year permit guarantees these conditions will continue and expand until 2051 unless citizens are successful in their legal challenged