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Yankeetown appeals Tarmac mine case

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The Town of Yankeetown is appealing a circuit judge's denial of their bid to stop the Tarmac King Road mine.
In a special meeting held Aug. 15, the council voted to appeal to the state 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee.
The decision came just days after 8th Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr. dismissed the town's petition for a writ of certiorari— a judicial review — of the Levy County Commission's 3-1 decision to conditionally approve mining on a 4,750-acre site near Inglis.
Town Attorney, Ralf G. Brooks said he felt the town had a good chance on appeal and it would cost them about $1,000 to file and argue.
Among the conditions set forth by the county was that Tarmac had to obtain a required permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Tarmac applied for the permit, required under the federal Clean Water Act, in 2007.
Yankeetown has protested the commission's decision to hold a public hearing and approve the permit without requiring Tarmac first obtain the Corp permit, citing county ordinances requiring the federal permit be in hand before applying for the county permit.


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