US: Germany-based HeidelbergCement subsidiary Lehigh Cement has taken legal action against the Santa Clara county planning and development director over processing delays to the company’s planning applications. The Los Altos Town Crier newspaper has reported that the producer plans to fill in an open-pit aggregates mine, to open a second mine and to cut through a natural ridge near to its integrated Permanente cement plant near Cupertino in California. The plans constitute an amendment to a plan previously approved in 2012 .
The company says that it has ‘exhausted available administrative remedies’ against the local government office. It said that the rights it seeks to exercise are not subject to permits. It added that the director deemed the application complete in 2019, before requiring additional processing steps.