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Vulcan Proposes Virginia Quarry

A proposed Vulcan Materials mining project along the Rappahannock River in Caroline County, Va., has stirred up controversy among area residents and preservationists.

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Michigan Gravel Operation Can Proceed

Lenawee County, Mich., Circuit Court Judge Margaret M.S. Noe dismissed a lawsuit filed by an area preservation league to stop a gravel operation from starting after hearing oral arguments on March 7. The Woodstock Preservation League, which formed to stop Woodstock Township resident Joe Gentner from starting the plant, argued the gravel pit would be an environmental hazard and would be ill-suited to the surrounding farm and residential district, according to newspaper reports.

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Great Azuza Permitting Dispute Not Over Yet

The ongoing dispute Between Vulcan Materials and the town of Duarte, Calif., has been decided at the ballot box, and it’s Vulcan in a landslide. But the permitting battle is not over yet.

Residents of neighboring Azusa overwhelming voted in support of a new mining plan during a special election. In a lopsided win for Vulcan Materials Co.'s Azusa Rock Quarry mining plan, residents voted 1,972 in favor of the plan with 945 opposed. The election was a major victory for the mining plan, its supporters and the four council members who voted in favor of it.

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Hanson Site in North Carolina Faces Expansion Opposition

A proposal by Hanson Aggregates Southeast, a division of Germany-based HeidelbergCement Group, to rezone an area near North Raleigh, N.C., is facing community opposition. The proposal would allow Hanson to expand its granite quarry west into 142 acres of land owned by a housing developer.

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Buffalo Crushed Stone Granted Expansion

A state Supreme Court judge ruled that Buffalo Crushed Stone, Cheektowaga, N.Y., has the right to expand its mining operations. It’s a victory for the aggregates producer, but some  town leaders say it’s a loss for Cheektowaga, which is now considering an appeal and a new lawyer.

According to the Buffalo News, Judge Joseph R. Glownia ruled that Buffalo Crushed Stone’s mining rights includes a parcel known as “25D,” which is about 15 to 20 additional acres at the western edge of the mine.

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