The Problem: 

It’s being proposed that a silicon smelter be built in our picturesque Washington-Idaho border town of Newport, Washington. This is a dense, rural, residential area comprised of Newport, Oldtown and immediate surroundings. Smelters are notorious for polluting air and water resources and are known to devastate the natural environment and beauty of pristine rural areas like this one. 

Citizens from all walks of life, from every race, political persuasion, and religion have banded together in a bi-partisan effort to preserve our environment and community. The group at the front of this effort is a non-profit, grassroots organization called CANSS — Citizens Against Newport Silicon Smelter. The movement is growing every day! 

The people of Newport, WA and Oldtown, ID are up against a huge corporation, local Public Utility District and County with a highly-paid, extensive legal teams. At this point, those of us moving to stop the smelter from coming to our neighborhood have a good lawyer to help us fight back! As you know, CANSS has filed litigation complaint in Superior Court, Spokane County,  legal fees to navigate the governmental system are costly. The cost to continue moving forward in this lawsuit with our attorney, Norm Semanko of Parsons, Behle & Latimer can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. 

We Need Your Help! 

We’re raising money to maintain our lawyer to work on behalf of our communities.  Our attorney is working with us in the fight to stop the HiTest Silicon Smelter (now know as PacWest Silicon) from polluting our land, air, and water. 

The need is urgent, we need to STO Pac West before they begin the rezoning process and file for any permits.  Please donate to save our cherished, pristine corner of the country. 

If you cannot donate, please share this on your Facebook or Twitter account. Only by getting the word out and by working closely together can we save our land and community. 

Together, as one voice, we shall be heard.

For more information:

Visit the website, follow their Facebook page , or join their Facebook group! !

Please share this campaign and sign the petitions: 
Petition for Idaho residents 
Petition for Washington residents 

* All your contributions to CANSS through the GoFundMe campaign will be used for the legal fund or for spreading the word and building support for our cause.  Any money left over will be contributed to a non-profit charity.


Debbie Barker
Oldtown, ID

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