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Duarte, Calif., Council Dodges Bullet on Azusa Quarry

According to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, no criminal charges will be filed against the California city of Duarte’s council for misuse of public funds regarding the use of a lobbyist in advocating against Vulcan Materials Co.’s Azusa, Calif., quarry mining plan. The Public Integrity division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office was investigating the case.

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Liberty Quarry Hits a Roadblock

Granite Construction’s plans for its Liberty Quarry site near Temecula, Calif., took a major hit when the Riverside County Planning Commission denied a mining permit and other items needed to move forward on the project. The five-member commission voted 4-1 to reject the permit and a noise ordinance exemption for the quarry, according to a report in The Press-Enterprise.

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New Hope Quarry Approval Appealed

Three appeals have been filed against the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) decision to allow New Hope Crushed Stone Co. to expand its quarry in Solebury, Pa.

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Cemex Rezoning Request Approved

The Xenia Township, Ohio, zoning commission approved a rezoning request by Cemex to designate 289.7 acres of land to M-3 Mineral Extraction status, reported the Xenia Daily Gazette. “The Zoning Commission recognized that Cemex has taken great care to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our neighbors in the Xenia Township community,” said Sara Engdahl, director of communications for Cemex.

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Town Owes $5 Million for Opposing Quarry

According to local media sources, a Madison County, Ala., judge has given the town of Gurley at least a temporary reprieve from having to pay nearly $5 million it owes after losing a court case in February. M&N Materials won a $2.75 million verdict, plus 6 percent interest, against Gurley over the town's efforts to block the company from building a rock quarry on a 269-acre site in the small community.

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