No new mining permits will be issued in the Town of Farmington until at least late March after the board instituted a six-month freeze on new quarry permits.

The pause will give the town time to consider new rules before any potential expansion of the North 40 Resources mine.

Passed Saturday, September 21, the resolution to temporarily stop issuing quarry permits did not use the word moratorium, but carries the same effect.

“The Town of Farmington needs time for the Quarrying Expansion Committee to be able to come up with guidelines for any new mining permits that will protect the residents of Farmington and neighboring communities,” the resolution reads, “and will give the Town of Farmington time to implement these guidelines into the Town of Farmington Zoning Ordinance.”

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