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Cemex Still Fighting Soledad Canyon Battle

By Mark S. Kuhar

Cemex USA has a positive track record of environmental responsibility. For example, eight of its sites recently received certifications through the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) Corporate Lands for Learning and Wildlife at Work Programs. Its cement plants have received EPA Energy Star certification and it is proceeding with plans to use solar power at it quarries.

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Vulcan Quarry Under Discussion

According to media reports, a hearing called by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) will help to determine the fate of a proposed rock quarry on Gurley Mountain in Alabama. The permit ADEM is looking at granting would allow Vulcan Materials Co. to open a quarry on property where a quarry operated many years ago. The company would also be permitted to build an asphalt plant and a ready mix plant across the creek from the proposed quarry site.

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Missouri Quarry Must Hold Hearing

A zoning request for a concrete crushing and recycling operation in Wheatland Township, Ill., was postponed, according to The Herald-News. Boughton Materials wants to add a concrete crushing and recycling unit to its limestone quarry at 22750 W. Hassert Blvd., but neighbors who live near the site fear a toxic dust will float over their homes. They also have concerns about water runoff from stored concrete contaminating the adjacent DuPage River and increased truck traffic mixing with teen drivers from Plainfield East High School.

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Kansas Permit Affirmed

In a long-running dispute, a panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals affirmed a decision that granted a permit for a quarry operation in Douglas County, Kan., according to the Lawrence Journal-World. In 2002, Hamm Quarry Inc., which for more than 40 years has operated the Petefish quarry southeast of Eudora, wanted to extend its operations into adjoining property that it leases, according to the court decision. Neighbors opposed Hamm’s application for a conditional use permit out of concern that the quarry operation would have a negative impact on their nearby properties.

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Illinois Quarry Seeks Permit

A public hearing before the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission must be held on behalf of a local high school and community group that oppose a limestone mining permit held by Heartland Materials LLC, ruled the Western District Missouri Court of Appeals. Saxony Lutheran High School and Save Our Children’s Health Inc. [SOCH] expressed opposition when Heartland was granted a permit based on an October 2010, application to mine limestone on its 161-acre quarry, which is adjacent to school grounds, according to the Southeast Missourian.

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