PERMITTING – SEPTEMBER 2020

CEMEX Continues Fight for Soloedad Canyon Project The decades-long battle over a CEMEX aggregates operation in the Santa Clarita Valley in California is far from over, even though the company’s second 10-year mining contract officially expired on July 31. CEMEX requested a one-year extension of the mining contract at Soloedad Canyon, a request that was denied by the Bureau of…

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PERMITTING – AUGUST 2020

Michigan Bill Would Cut Permitting Time A bill introduced in the Michigan state senate in 2019 could limit the ability that local municipalities currently have to deny permits to proposed mining operations, according to a report on Fox 17. Supporters of Senate Bill 431, sponsored by Sen. Adam Hollier, say it will drive down certain construction costs in Michigan. Kevin Cotter,…

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PERMITTING – JUNE 2020

Quarry Files Application to Expand Nelson Aggregate has filed an application to expand the quarry they operate in north Burlington, Ontario, Canada, according to the Burlington Gazette. The application was delivered to the city, the Region of Halton, the Niagara Escarpment Commission and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as well as the members of the Joint Agency Review…

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Vested Mining Rights Determination Paves Way for Sale of High-Grade Limestone Property

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By Juve Pinedo In California, gaining the entitlement for conducting any type of mining operation has become highly risky and expensive. Although industry wages are among the highest, and the products are one of the most commonly consumed economic commodities, public activism and high stakes entitlement processes have nearly ended the opportunity to replace depleted resource production facilities.

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PERMITTING – MARCH 2020

Alabama Quarry Opposed Opelika, Ala.-based OAonline reported that Creekwood Resources, a company based out of Florence, Ala., submitted applications for air and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. The latter would enable the company to discharge select pollutants into local waters, with limits placed on how often it could be done. Residents have been posting yard signs outside of their…

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PERMITTING – FEBRUARY 2020

Vulcan North Carolina Quarry on Track Vulcan Materials Co. plans to begin development of a 68-acre property to be known as the Rockingham Quarry North Site in North Carolina to support its existing Rockingham Quarry, according to the Richmond Country Daily Journal. This expansion represents a 7.5% increase in Vulcan’s current 902 acres of permitted area in Richmond County, 38…

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PERMITTING – JANUARY 2020

Vulcan Quarry in Texas Clears Major Hurdle A Comal County, Texas, limestone quarry is one step closer to breaking ground after passing a major permitting hurdle, according to the San Antonio Business Journal. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved an air quality permit for a Vulcan Materials Co. rock-crushing facility that will sit on a 1,500-acre quarry between…

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PERMITTING – DECEMBER 2019

Lafarge Plant Moves Forward in Illinois The board development committee in Kane County, Ill., has recommended a plan to expand sand and gravel mining operations onto existing farmland in Blackberry Township, according to the Aurora Beacon-News. Lafarge Aggregates is seeking a special use zoning permit from Kane County for an expansion of its sand and gravel mining operation on land…

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PERMITTING – NOVEMBER 2019

Proposed Arizona Plant Finds Opposition A proposed Southern Red Sands frac sand mine has stirred tensions and spurred questions in Kanab, Ariz., since the city council voted in July to provide water to the project. The mine’s opponents say local officials did not fully evaluate the mine’s potential impact on the area’s water, air and traffic, according to KUER 90.1…

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