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Arizona company fined for air quality violations

A decorative rock and mining company has been fined by the state for violating clean air standards in southern Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office says Phoenix-based Cross Spear Marble, Inc. has agreed to pay an $80,000 penalty to settle air quality violations at its limestone mining, crushing and screening facility in Cochise County.

The state says the plant operates near the Chiricahua (cheer-ah-KAH’-wuh) monument. The monument has federal protection from polluting sources.

The state says Cross Spear was cited between February 2009 and October 2009 for releasing excessive emissions and failing to install and maintain emission control devices.

State officials say Cross Spear made swift progress in controlling excess emissions and returned to compliance in June 2010.

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