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Fate of land is undecided

After being denied permission to mine, Advanced Primary Minerals has yet to decide the fate of more than 300 acres in the Margaret's Road area about a mile east of the Thomson city limit.

At an Oct. 18 meeting, the McDuffie County Commissioners rejected the company's application to temporarily change the zoning of the property. If granted, the permit would have allowed the company to mine for high-grade kaolin.

According to a release, APM's board of directors began evaluating their options soon after the decision, which include appealing to the McDuffie County Superior Court, selling the property or retaining the land for re-application.

APM geologist Mark Davies said they have decided not to appeal the decision, and, for the time being, they plan to keep the land.

"There were several deciding factors," he said. "We'll regroup sometime in the future and decide what we're going to do."

Web posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011

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