“Judas” and “Benedict Arnold” are some of the terms used by Liberty Quarry opponents to describe Riverside County Supervisor John Tavalgione following his vote Tuesday to certify the quarry’s environmental impact report.

 

BY JEFF HORSEMAN AND NELSY RODRIGUEZ
STAFF WRITERS
jhorseman@pe.com | nrodriguez@pe.com

Published: 16 May 2012 06:41 PM

Liberty Quarry opponents said Wednesday, May 16, that their dismay over county supervisors’ Tuesday decision to accept a report on the environmental affects of the quarry had turned to anger at the supervisor who cast the swing vote.

Also, legal experts said that by accepting the report, supervisors are leaving the door open for Granite Construction to reapply to build the open-pit mine south of Temecula.

They expressed conflicting views over why the Riverside County Board of Supervisors would formally deny a project based on environmental concerns yet accept the environmental report on which the denial was based.

On Tuesday, May 15, supervisors Bob Buster, Jeff Stone and Tavaglione voted to formally deny the controversial quarry. Tavaglione then voted alongside supervisors John Benoit and Marion Ashley to approve the environmental document. Approval of that document means that the county accepts Granite’s position that the quarry would improve the local environment by producing aggregate closer to where it would be shipped in San Diego County.

In February, the board voted 3-2, with Ashley and Benoit in favor, and Tavaglione casting the tie-breaking vote.

Tavaglione said in an email Wednesday that he was seeking a compromise between quarry supporters and foes.

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