- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

TUMALO, Ore. (AP) - Deschutes County is taking Tumalo pumice mine operators to court over claims they violated county land use requirements.

The Bend Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/1zKmKsP) the lawsuit filed in December prompted ongoing negotiations between an excavation company and the county.

Latham Excavation has been mining a volcanic material known as tuff from the site; an action the county doesn’t approve of.

Pink Pit LLC owns the property that Latham Excavation operates on.

An attorney for the companies says they disagree with the accusations and deny they have violated any county regulations.

The complaint issued by the county says that Latham Excavations is removing topsoil and tuff from the site, when they should instead be using the material for reclamation after the pumice mining is finished.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com


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