PERMITTING – MARCH 2019

ACT 250 Update in the Works in Vermont Legislators and members of the Act 250 Commission are drafting new legislation to “protect the environment from potentially harmful business practices,” according to the Rutland Herald. The six legislators of the Act 250 Study Committee took the past year and a half to complete a report on the original Act 250 drafted…

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PERMITTING – FEBRUARY 2019

Asphalt Plant Opposed Residents opposed to the idea of an asphalt plant setting up shop just outside of the Marshall, N.C., town limits voiced concerns to the Madison County Board of Commissioners about negative impacts they believe the project could have on the wider community, according to the Asheville Citizen Times. Though the five-man panel remained largely silent on the…

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PERMITTING – JANUARY 2019

Washington Quarry Faces Opposition In Washougal, Wash., a local conservation group, plus about two-dozen property owners, filed a letter warning they intend to sue a government commission that oversees land-use regulations in the Columbia River Gorge unless action is taken against a mining operation in east Clark County. According to KATU News, in late November, Nathan Baker, senior staff attorney…

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PERMITTING – DECEMBER 2018

Colorado Quarry Begins Exploratory Drilling The Bureau of Land Management authorized a limestone quarry north of Glenwood Springs, Colo., to drill 15 exploratory holes to search for additional mineral resources, prompting concerns about a lack of public involvement in the federal agency’s decision-making process on the controversial quarry. Rocky Mountain Resource Management has begun exploratory drilling after the BLM order…

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PERMITTING – NOVEMBER 2018

Wisconsin Producer Seeks Non-Metallic Mine License Northern Sands Wisconsin LLC submitted a non-metallic mine license application to the Town of Howard, Wis., according to WEAU TV news. At a public meeting, there were statements made from those for, against and undecided on whether or not the mine would help or hurt Howard and surrounding areas. President Tom Gapinske spoke before…

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PERMITTING – OCTOBER 2018

Geneva Rock Seeks Rezoning in Utah A special meeting of the Draper, Utah, city council to hear public comment on a quarry rezoning application ended abruptly when the original application changed. Geneva Rock was asking the city council to consider its request to rezone about 72 acres of land at its Point of the Mountain mine. The application also said…

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PERMITTING – SEPTEMBER 2018

Pennsylvania Quarry Faces Legal Objection An attorney for New Hanover Township, Pa., filed a legal objection to a July 3 mining permit issued to the Gibraltar Quarry, thus opening yet another chapter in the 17-year-long legal battle, according to the Mercury News. Township supervisors unanimously approved the filing of the appeal. In the appeal, which was filed by Robert Brant,…

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PERMITTING – JULY 2018

Rocky Mountain Resources Plans Colorado Expansion A “citizens’ alliance” in Glenwood Springs, Colo., is gearing up to fight plans to expand a limestone quarry north of town, according to the Post Independent. Rocky Mountain Resources (RMR), which currently extracts limestone on the federally leased land near the base of Transfer Trail north of Glenwood Springs, is seeking a major expansion…

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PERMITTING – JUNE 2018

Judge Invalidates Meteor Timber’s Wetland Permit Atlanta-based Meteor Timber is appealing a judge’s decision to invalidate wetland permits it was issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to fill 16 acres of wetland in Monroe County as part of a proposed $75 million frac sand processing and rail loading facility, according to Wisconsin Public Radio. On May 4, Administrative…

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PERMITTING – May 2018

Federal Memorandum Further Streamlines Permitting Process On April 9, federal agency heads signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will further implement the administration’s executive order to streamline the federal permitting process for major infrastructure projects. The MOU calls for greater coordination between federal agencies, establishing permitting timetables under a designated “lead agency” to provide a single…

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