Central Pre-mix Concrete to Ignore Stop Work Order and Open the Plant
YAKIMA, Wash - After getting a stop work order from the Yakama Nation, Cental Pre-Mix concrete has decided to ignore it. The plant has been closed for three business days. Wednesday they are going back to work and say they are prepared for a fight to stay open.
"We are now questioning the legality of the jurisdiction the nation has in issuing the stop work order in the first place," says Tami Cain, a spokesperson for Central Pre-mix.
Company leaders say they will keep talking with the Yakama Nation and will go to court if they have to. They also explain the plant shutting down wouldn't have had such a big impact if they could get another site up and running.
A mine that belongs to Central Pre-mix remains closed on South Riverside Road in Terrace Heights. It was approved by county commisioners to be opened, but the company for four years hasn't been able to get the required permits from the Army Corps of Engineers.
County commisioners are now taking action to avoid another concrete crisis that threatens construction and development in the city. They plan to find other mines.
"There are other spots we are looking at and if we can find those it will relieve this sort of thing from happening again," says Rand Elliot, District 3 Yakima County Commisioner.
They plan to have a better idea of available mining sites by next month.