By Shawn Byrne


La Paz County District 3 Supervisor Holly Anderson-Irwin announced to her constituents that Alliance Metals had withdrawn its application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP).

Alliance has been actively seeking to start up a secondary aluminum smelter on property it purchased in Wenden. The project has been met with resistance from area residents, who fear a catastrophic disaster such as a massive chlorine leak could cause significant health issues and even death.

Alliance confirmed to The Sun through its attorney Tom Galvin that the CUP had been withdrawn. Alliance is also waiting on permit approval from Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

Anderson-Irwin posted her comments to Facebook on Sept. 17. She also said Alliance has “applications in for a Minor Amendment to our Comprehensive Plan and a Re-Zone in that order.”

The supervisor said those issues would have to go in front of the La Paz County Planning and Zoning Commission first before the Board of Supervisors would make a decision. She hoped to have the P&Z meeting at the community center in Wenden so interested residents wouldn’t have to make the drive to Parker.

No date has been announced when these issues will be in front of the commission.

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