Divided board tightens mine permit rules

Supervisors Long, Jones, cast dissenting votes

Agua Fria Road resident Malcolm McGregor last weektold the board of supervisors that he backs a morestringent review procedure for large-scale mining operationsin the county.In a 3-2 vote, the board of supervisors last week narrowly approved a stricter set of procedures that require board review and approval for large-scale mining operations.
Specifically, the new rules require the board to issue a “conditional-use permit” for all but the smallest-scale mining activities.
The change brings th...

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