A settlement approved Wednesday said state environmental regulators may not use new pollution rules created without public comment.
The settlement also allows the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to give pollution permits to 10 companies that had already applied.
The agreement ends a legal dispute between a group of Lee County residents trying to keep a quarry from being built in their community and ADEM. ADEM issues pollution permits to sewage and mining companies.
Circuit Judge Gene Reese signed off on the compromise.