(An Item in The AZ Republic yesterday): Yuma board OKs change in zoning for oil refinery The Yuma County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a zoning change needed to construct an oil refinery. The change in designation for 3,300 acres of land near Tacna would accommodate plans by Phoenix-based Arizona Clean Fuels LLC to build a $2.5 billion refinery. It would be the first ever built in Arizona and the first in the United States in nearly three decades. "Whether or not a refinery is built at the site remains to be seen. The vote I make is to allow the process to proceed," Supervisor Bob McLendon said Monday before he voted for the zoning change. Arizona Clean Fuels still needs approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state environmental regulators before it can build the facility. Some residents have opposed the plan, saying they didn't want the refinery in their back yard. Others, however, have backed plans, citing the high-paying jobs it would bring a county plagued by unemployment. The supervisors listened to four hours of testimony before approving the zoning change. About 300 people attended the meeting. Opponents argued the refinery could bring adverse health effects to a region dominated by agriculture. If built, the refinery would be on desert land 40 miles east of Yuma. (Sentinel is 45 miles further East on I-8 from Tacna. At least the light dome would be in the West/SW, same as the Yuma dome.) Rick R. SAC -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.