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Liberty Quarry Project Faces New Challenges

The Riverside County, Calif., Planning Department is completing paperwork that will finalize the Planning Commission's denial of Granite Construction's proposed Liberty Quarry project in Temecula, Calif. If approved, the 135-acre quarry could produce up to 5 million tpy of aggregate.

Commission Chairman John Roth told the local media that the commission may be able to make final its denial of the project in November. Granite Construction has said it plans to appeal that denial, whenever it is completed, to the county Board of Supervisors. That panel will reportedly have the final say on the project.

The Planning Commission voted 4-1 in late August to tentatively deny the project. Liberty Quarry is opposed by many residents in the Temecula area who are worried about the environmental effects associated with the mine, including air quality, traffic, noise, light pollution and the degradation of sites sacred to the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. Granite Construction has been working to permit the site since 2005, reportedly investing about $10 million so far to move the project forward.  E