- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A company that produces road-building materials at several plants in Maricopa County has lost its appeal of a $500,000 penalty imposed by state environmental regulators.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality had obtained a consent judgment against Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. after filing a 2011 lawsuit alleging numerous violations of air and water pollution laws and regulations in its crushing, screening and mixing operations.

The consent agreement required Fisher to pay $125,000 in civil penalties and allowed ADEQ to impose additional penalties if Fisher committed additional violations.

ADEQ later alleged additional violations involving Fischer’s plants, and a judge agreed to impose $500,000 in additional penalties.

Fisher appealed but the Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the new penalties.

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