September 23, 2013
Following a court ruling allowing Vulcan Materials to begin mining at Azusa Rock Quarry, the city of Duarte has hired a company to install a device to measure air quality near the quarry, according to a report from ABC-7 in Los Angeles.
Vulcan Materials and Duarte went through years of legal battles over the quarry before Duarte announced it would stop challenging Vulcan’s mine development at Azusa. Vulcan was given permission in May to begin mining and announced last week that it will start mine development at its Azusa site.
Duarte paid the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) approximately $40,000 to place a monitor near the quarry to measure air quality. The company will also place a second monitor in the quarry, ABC-7 reports.
Sam Atwood told ABC-7 on behalf of AQMD that the company’s inspectors visit the site unannounced to ensure all equipment is working properly and air pollution is at a minimum.
Vulcan Materials told ABC-7 in a written statement that it is “confident in our operations and the environmental management systems we have put in place to safeguard human health.”