- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is cracking down on what it says is the last coastal sand mine in the United States, blaming the operation for erosion of public beaches.

California’s State Lands Commission wrote Mexico-based CEMEX on Tuesday, saying the company must bring its Monterey County sand mine into compliance with state law or shut it down.

CEMEX has been dredging sand along the coast for more than a century, for use in golf-course sand traps and elsewhere. California says the mine takes a dump-truck full of sand every half-hour. Authorities say the company must go through an application and review if it wants to keep scooping up sand there.

CEMEX says in a statement it is reviewing the letter. It called its California sand mine a “vested right.”

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