Mining association challenges 1991 law

March 17, 1994

The Maryland Aggregates Association Inc. will appeal last week's decision by an Anne Arundel Circuit judge to uphold a 1991 law intended to protect residents in four counties from property damage caused by mining operations.

Association president Samuel W. Christine said his board of directors met yesterday and decided to file an appeal.

The judge's ruling was a victory for the state and for property owners in Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties, who battled for about four years to get the bill passed. The association had agreed to support the law, but filed a lawsuit -- on the day the law was to take effect -- against the governor, attorney general, Department of Natural Resources and the state.

The association, which represents nine mining companies in the lawsuit, said the law was unconstitutional because it applied only to mining companies.

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