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Vulcan Calif. Mine Plans Approved


Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division was granted approval by the Azusa, Calif., city council for its revised conditional use permit, reclamation plan and development agreement for Azusa Rock

Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division was granted approval by the Azusa, Calif., city council for its revised conditional use permit, reclamation plan and development agreement for Azusa Rock.

"We are pleased that the city council approved the new plan for Azusa Rock," said Todd Priest, Vulcan Materials spokesperson. "Our company has a proven track record of working collaboratively with city officials, residents and civic leaders in the communities in which we operate. The plan approved by the city council received broad support throughout the community."

The decision, combined with another on May 17 to approve the project's environmental impact report, allows the project to move forward.

"The Azusa City Council has charted a new future for Azusa Rock. No longer will there be large benches that can be seen throughout Azusa and portions of the San Gabriel Valley," said Priest. "The approved plan guarantees that no additional acres will be mined beyond our current permit, while ensuring extensive revegetation of the property and permanent access to Fish Canyon."

The 270-acre site is located within the city of Azusa. The plan exchanges 80 acres of mining rights on the east side of the property for 80 acres of mining rights on the west side. Significantly enhancing the appearance of Azusa Rock, the project requires Vulcan Materials to replace existing large benches with those ranging 12 to 24 inches to blend closely with the natural landscape. Additionally, the plan requires the smaller benches to be revegetated to 100% of the native plant coverage currently found on nearby unmined slopes.