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In January, TMC sued the county, saying the supervisors have overstepped their authority under federal mining law by delaying the process.
TMC officials have repeatedly said that because the Bureau of Land Management has already accepted the company's proposal, county officials cannot significantly alter the company's plans.
The bureau's approval requires that TMC receive a county mining permit, but asserts the supremacy of federal mining law.
TMC officials maintain the mine would not harm the environment and that the sand-and-gravel operation is needed to avert a looming shortage of aggregate that would disrupt construction and public works projects.
A motion by Antonovich to reject the mine outright failed to come to a vote because of concerns that it would open the county to litigation from TMC, which is owned by Cemex Inc.
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Negotiations between a team of city and county officials broke down last month after Azusa-based TMC refused to discuss mining less than 56.
TMC officials said the mine is necessary because of a looming sand and gravel crisis in Southern California that could cause construction and public works projects to grind to a halt.
TMC also rejected the city's call to allow the mine to operate only nine hours a day, 240 days a year.
TMC has pledged to protect the environment surrounding the mine, which is proposed south of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway between Soledad Canyon and Agua Dulce Canyon roads.
Curtis - who owns the land but lost federal mining rights to TMC in 1990 during competitive bidding - was embroiled in court action in late 1997 when he demanded that TMC, a division of Azusa-based Southdown Inc.
Although Curtis eventually paid the legal fees and received indemnification from personal injury liability, he sought to overturn the restitution portion of the ruling, arguing that TMC forced the indemnification matter into court by refusing to settle the dispute.
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