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Liberty Quarry Could Get Deciding Vote Today

Aired 2/6/12 on KPBS News.

The fate of a proposed quarry just north of the San Diego County line could be decided today. The Riverside Board of Supervisors will have the final say, after a seven year battle over the Liberty Quarry.

The Convention Center in Riverside is expected to be packed today as the Riverside Supervisors hold their second hearing on Liberty Quarry. More than 1,000 people showed up for the first hearing last week. The plan has been in the works for almost seven years

The site of the proposed Liberty Quarry would be located north of San Diego, on the backside of an oak-covered mountain overlooking Temecula. This map shows the approximate location of the proposed quarry, but not its size.
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Above: The site of the proposed Liberty Quarry would be located north of San Diego, on the backside of an oak-covered mountain overlooking Temecula. This map shows the approximate location of the proposed quarry, but not its size.

Supporters argue the aggregate quarry would create hundreds of jobs. It would also provide gravel and rock for roads and construction in San Diego and surrounding counties for 75 years.

Opponents argue the open pit mine will create dust and noise and destroy the tourist-based economy of the region, destroying jobs.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has not approved a new quarry for decades, and the number of quarries in the county has fallen from almost 50 to under 20.

Today is scheduled for speakers in opposition to the plan. Whether the board will vote today depends on the number of those speakers, how Granite Construction responds, and how many questions the supervisors want answered.

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