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Firms face possible fines over mine work

A Silt mining firm and a Glenwood Springs construction company face fines of up to $5,000 per day for allegedly violating a state permit for operating a gravel pit in the Rifle area beyond the permitted boundaries.The Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board will hear the allegations at its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Centennial Building, 1313 Sherman St., Room 318, in Denver.The alleged violations occurred on private land, at a 13-acre site on Airport Road, just east of Wal-Mart, said Russ Means, an environmental specialist with the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology.Means said Gould Construction is accused of mining without a permit for building a haul road and work area on a three-acre site outside the permitted seven-acre area.Means said J’S Outpost LLC is accused of mining beyond its seven-acre permitted area by encroaching onto a utility right-of-way.”The permittee has already take some actions to rectify things,” Means said.Means said Gould could be fined up to $5,000 per day for mining without a permit.J’S faces penalties of up to $5,000 per day for mining without a permit, and up to $1,000 for failure to protect the area outside a permitted boundary.Remedies also include J’S Outpost amending the permit to allow for the road building, and excess mining, Means said.J’S Outpost LLC holds the permit to mine gravel at the site, which is owned by Jim Snyder of Rifle, Means said.Means said an anonymous tipster called the Division of Minerals and Geology about the alleged violations. His office also inspected the site after the mining permit changed hands in 2002 from Flag Sand & Gravel to J’S. “The state doesn’t investigate anonymous complaints,” Means said, noting that the violations were discovered in the course of the ownership change rather than from following up on the complaint.Means said the seven-member Mined Land Reclamation Board, which the governor appoints, usually renders an opinion the day of the hearing.Damage was done at the site when vegetation was cleared and the soil compacted during road construction, Means said.The state issued the gravel pit permit last October.In addition to fines, the board could also issue a cease and desist order to prevent Gould and J’S from working at the site, other than to do reclamation.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. 534lburton@postindependent.com


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