News from California, Illinois and Colorado

  • According to the California Construction and Industrial Minerals Association, the Assembly and State Senate both held hearings on the governor’s proposed reforms to reduce permitting delays for infrastructure projects. Testimony from the state agencies for infrastructure, transportation and natural resources, as well as labor organizations, builders and federal agencies made clear that $180 billion worth of housing, energy and transportation infrastructure projects are at stake. The Legislative Analyst’s Office has prepared a report on issues for the legislature to consider regarding the governor’s infrastructure permitting proposals. In a separate action, the governor announced $288 million in funds for water infrastructureprojects.
  • According to the Herald News, a proposal to start blasting rock at an old Joliet, Ill., quarry is being presented to the community. Quarry owner VN Land wants blasting to produce more aggregate for the quarry’s primary customer, PT Ferro Construction, according to a city staff report on the project. Blasting contractor Quick Supply Co would conduct a blast that would last a couple of seconds at a frequency of no more than every few days and as seldom as once a month, according to the report.
  • According to the Greeley Tribune, half of the 400 acres of the proposed site for Raptor Materials’ Two Rivers Sand, Gravel and Reservoir project near the confluence of the South Platte and Big Thompson rivers in Colorado will remain in a natural state, while the rest will be mined. Garrett Varra, president of Varra Companies and leader of the gravel project, said Raptor Materials will reclaim the mining area as water storage. He said the project is transitioning to this new proposed site due to the depletion of Raptor’s East Greeley Reserves. This ensures employees continue working and the company continues to obtain construction materials. Many residents of the Dos Rios neighborhood reportedly oppose the project.

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