News from Tennessee, Virginia and California

According to WSMV4 News, people who live close to a rock quarry on Highway 12S in Ashland City, Tenn., said their complaints about noise and damage to their homes have been ignored by city officials. Walker’s Trucking and Excavating owns a quarry that homeowners said they have complained about for years as it is permitted in a residential area. Complaints…

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Permitting – December 2022

News from Arkansas, Colorado Washington County, Ark.’s justices of the peace overturned the county Planning Board’s denial of a permit for an expansion of a quarry operation west of Fayetteville, Ark., according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. An overflow crowd of area residents opposed to the quarry filled the seats and lined the walls of the meeting room as…

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News from Washington, South Carolina, Colorado

According to The Herald, in Everett, Wash., a gravel mine that has operated for almost 25 years in Snohomish County is seeking to expand by 56 acres. Some neighbors have questions about truck traffic, noise and impacts to well water. Cadman operates the 425-acre sand, gravel and crushed stone mine off Mountain Loop Highway northeast of Granite Falls, outside city…

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Reports from Pennsylvania and North Carolina

According to the New Castle News, in an August court order, Lawrence County, Pa., Common Pleas Judge John W. Hodge granted New Galilee-based Three Rivers Aggregates LLC a conditional use permit to build a sand and gravel mine on two parcels of land zoned commercial, on the south side of Route 18 just east of Glenkirk Road, and west of…

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Reports from Tennessee and California

•   According to The Claiborne Progress, some community members maintain that The Rogers Group’s quarry operation in Speedwell, Tenn., “is ruining the land and polluting the air and water while The Rogers Group shows no regard.” This exaggeration was disputed hands-down by The Rogers Group, which stated, “Crushed stone from the plant in Speedwell is being used in the…

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Permitting – July 2022

The United States District Court reinstated mining contracts for CEMEX’s Soledad Canyon operation in California, according to KHTS News. The ruling by the United States District Court vacated the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) decision in 2019 and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decision in 2015 that confirmed expiration of contracts on July 31, 2020.   American Aggregates of…

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Reports from Michigan and Utah

A Michigan sand and gravel mine operator has issued a stern warning to officials in rural Washtenaw County after suffering a setback in its pursuit of permits for a new mine on 400 acres of farmland, according to Michigan Live. In a March 30 letter, an attorney for Michigan Materials & Aggregate Co., also known as Stoneco, threatened legal action…

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Reports from Rhode Island, Canada, California

Charlestown, R.I., council members passed two resolutions calling on action from the state as Charlestown joins a growing list of communities that are seeking to resurrect legislation first presented in 2016 that would let towns better regulate and monitor quarry activity. The resolutions, which were presented by councilor Bonnie Van Slyke and passed unanimously, take aim at addressing combinations of…

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