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Rarity development and mining

August 8th, 2008 by Renée Hoyos

Boy, has there been a lot of traffic at the office here regarding the news yesterday about Rarity mining it’s golf coarse for coal without a permit. The Office of Surface Mining took offense and did a stop work order. TDEC mulls.

Do you remember the big stormwater enforcements of the spring? The ones against Rarity that were millions of dollars? Well, here is the enforcement order.  oakridgeland-company-rarite The millions of dollars are now just thousands of dollars and 80% are going to be forgiven on the promise of future compliance. I wish I could talk last week’s traffic cop into that? Can you imagine? “Officer, I only want to pay $30 of my $150 fine. Is that ok by you?” That’s what these guys do all the time. Read the order. Pay special attention to the Order and Assessment section XXII. Everything listed in 1, 3, and 5 were required by Ross’ permit. Ross agreed to do those things before he started work, and now he gets a benefit for non-compliance. If he does them now, he doesn’t have to pay the fine. VERY, VERY BAD…



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