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County commission approves Lehigh Cement's reclamation updated plan
Jun, 12 2012
(Califoirnia) -- It's been a long, long, long time coming, but Lehigh Southwest Cement finally has an updated reclamation plan.
The Santa Clara County Planning Commission unanimously voted Thursday to approve the contentious and voluminous plan, which will see portions of the historic mining site restored to its natural state over the next 20 years.
The cement and rock quarry located in unincorporated Santa Clara County near Cupertino has been working on a reclamation plan with the county's planning office off and on for roughly five years.
The approved plans amends the current 1985 reclamation plan for surface mining area at the plant and quarry. The area in question covers 1,238 acres of the company's 3,510 acres.
Over a 20-year period Lehigh will reclaim land, while also mining for limestone. Crushed rock from other mined areas will help fill in the facility's massive quarry pit.
The new reclamation plan calls for Lehigh to continue putting up financial assurance to ensure the reclamation plan is carried out in the future. That number sits at $47.5 million.
By Matt Wilson
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