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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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Hanson Quarry Expansion Proposal Faces Opposition

Residents of Raleigh, N.C., turned out in Raleigh City Council chambers to protest plans for expansion of Hanson Aggregates’ Crabtree Quarry. Hanson would like about 170 acres of land currently zoned as residential to be rezoned industrial so it can continue aggregates operations at the plant.

According to news reports, the expansion would move the quarry closer to established subdivisions and some people who live near the site say it would destroy the environment as well as property values.

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Martin Marietta Greenfield Quarry Opposed

A group of residents of Maple Hill, N.C., take exception to a proposal by Martin Marietta Materials to open a 1,800-acre quarry in their town. The Onslow County Zoning Board of Adjustment postponed action on the request to grant a special-use permit request for the limestone mine, which would be located off Highway 50.

According to the Jacksonville, N.C., Daily News, lawyers on both sides, five expert consultants representing Martin Marietta, and about 100 residents opposed to the plan are expected at the third meeting on the issue, which will be moved from the zoning office to the Onslow County Superior Courthouse because of the expected number of participants.

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Joliet Approves Vulcan Rezoning Request

In Joliet, Ill., city council approved a rezoning request by Vulcan Materials. The expansion will allow quarry operations to continue for another five to seven years, according to city officials.

According to Vulcan, the 10-acre site is on a larger parcel, which is segregated from the surrounding area by screens and land berms. This isolates it from surrounding residences and a school.

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Infrastructure Projects, Cement Plant, Cited as Threats to ‘Endangered Places’

By Mark S. Kuhar

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), which says it has used the power of the law to defend the South's natural resources for 25 years, released its third annual list of the top 10 places in the South that face immediate, potentially irreversible damage in 2011.  

Threats to some of the locations on the list come from highway and bridge projects and a proposed cement plant.

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