SANTA FE – Approval of Associated Asphalt and Material’s air quality permit will soon be in the hands of the state Environment Department.

But it could take more than three months before the department reaches a decision that would allow the company, located off N.M. 599 near the Santa Fe Regional Airport, to consolidate its operations. Hearing officer Gregory Chakalian has 30 days to file his report, which will then go to the department for review.

Associated Asphalt currently has two plants located on the Southside of Santa Fe. The company wants to move its plant on Oliver Road about half a mile north to another of its existing plants. If the consolidated permit is denied, the company will continue to operate at two separate plants.

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