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SARDINIA REJECTS VACCO OFFER TO MEDIATE MINING DISPUTE

The Sardinia Town Board has rejected Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco's offer to mediate its gravel mining dispute with the Gernatt Asphalt Products Co.

The dispute, which has raged since 1989, has generated three unresolved lawsuits over Gernatt's desire to mine its 400-acre Gabel-Thomas site off Route 16. A new round of oral arguments before Supreme Court Justice Barbara Howe is scheduled for Nov. 12.

At stake for Gernatt is the extraction of sand and gravel valued at millions of dollars.

At stake for Sardinia is the right to control mining within the town, a position upheld by the State Court of Appeals.

As for the state's role in the dispute, the Department of Environmental Conservation's denial of a permit tests its interpretations and statutory authority.

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