Residents of the SunRiver retirement community are spearheading the fight against the project.
SunRiver development managing partner Darcy Stewart says it doesn't make sense to harm the area's quality of life for a handful of mining jobs.
She says the 55-and-older community is projected to bring $1.3 billion to the local economy by 2017.
Representatives of Good Earth Minerals told The Spectrum of St. George that their project would pose no environmental danger but bring much-needed tax revenue and good-paying jobs to the community.
Action on the proposed mine is pending before Washington County commissioners.
Information from: The Spectrum
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)