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Toppenish concrete mine re-opens despite stop work order from the Yakama Tribe

TOPPENISH, Wash -- After a two day shut down, operations at the Central Pre-Mix's Toppenish concrete mine resumed.  

The company is ignoring a stop work order issued by the Yakama Nation last week. Water quality managers with the tribe told the company to stop all work, because Central Pre-Mix doesn't have a mining permit for their new mine.

Central pre-mix says they own the land, and the tribe doesn't have the legal right to issue an order.  

"Its deeded land," said Tami Cain, the Operations Manager at Central Pre-mix's Yakima Plant. "We don't believe they have jurisdiction. So based on that fact we haven't resolved anything. We still have the same battles ahead."

The Tribe says they have jurisdiction because its on the reservation.

Both sides continue to talk and are trying to find a compromise.

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