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Wisconsin County May Ban Blasting

The Ashland County, Wis., Board may vote on an ordinance banning the use of explosives if it disturbs asbestos in rock formations. That includes the proposed iron ore mine site in the Penokee Range, according to the Superior Telegram.

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Lehigh Seeking New Provisions

Changes to the Carroll County, Md., code regarding mining operations have been described as clarifications by Lehigh Cement Co., but some residents have argued the changes could have a significant impact on their community, according to the Baltimore Sun. A draft of the proposed changes now in front of the Board of Carroll County Commissioners for final approval is said to represent a compromise.

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Lafarge’s Texada Quarry Expansion Meets Resistance

An intense debate about increasing coal exports to Asia from British Columbia focused on Texada Island recently. The Texada quarry, owned by Lafarge Canada Ltd., is the endpoint in a proposal that would see millions of tons of thermal coal from the United States exported through the province.

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White Rock Quarries Moving Forward

White Rock Quarries plans to host two public hearings in the coming months in the process of securing environmental permits in 2014 to start a mining operation in Vincent, Ala., that has generated strong opposition from residents.

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