Company Agrees to $6 million Claim by BLM

Company Agrees to $6 million Claim by BLM

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The parent company of an operator of a quarry near St. George where sand and gravel was illegally removed from federal lands has agreed to a $6 million claim by the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Attorney's office said Friday.

U.S. Aggregates, Inc., the parent company of Western Rock Products, Inc., admitted last week the BLM's claim that Western Rock had removed and sold sand and gravel from federal property adjacent to their quarry in Southern Utah. The unlawful removal began in the 1970s, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

In 2002, U.S. Aggregates filed for bankruptcy protection in Nevada.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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