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Va. justices reject Caroline sand mine challenge

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit challenging a permit for a sand and gravel mine along the Rappahannock River.

The unanimous decision Thursday affirms a ruling by Caroline County Circuit Judge Joseph Ellis, who tossed out the lawsuit last year.

A group of property owners and the Friends of the Rappahannock filed the lawsuit against the Caroline County Board of Supervisors, which approved a permit for the mine. They claimed the mine planned by Vulcan Minerals Co. would interfere with their recreational use of the river, ruin the scenery and pose environmental and health risks.

The justices agreed with Ellis that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that they would be any more affected than the general public.