TACA Members Gather for Environmental & Safety Seminar

The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association (TACA) welcomed 112 attendees to its Environmental & Safety Seminar on Oct. 27-28 at the Marriott Riverwalk in San Antonio. Industry professionals delivered topical presentations on managing environmental and safety regulations and other issues facing TACA members.  One conference session, “Responsible Sourcing: Pathway to Sustainable Manufacturing,” explored how the world will double its building…

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Pattison Sand Announces Army Corp. of Engineers Project

Pattison Co. will assist the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers in the Missouri River Recovery Program at the Lower Hamburg Bend Conservation Area in Atchison County, Mo. The company’s aggregate products, specifically rip-rap, are being used for stream bank reconstruction and stabilization along an old Missouri River chute that is crucial to the existence of the conservation area. The Lower…

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Astec Industries to Expand Facility in Ireland

Astec Industries Inc. announced plans for a $5 million factory expansion at its Omagh location in Northern Ireland to better serve growing market demands in the mobile crushing and screening industry. The expansion comes a year after the original facility was built to support the increased demand for mobile material handling products and was closely followed by the introduction of…

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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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Screening Productivity and Process Flow

For Aggregates Producers, Efficiency Is The Biggest Link To Capacity On Demand. By Carol Wasson Efficient screening is one of the biggest links to high-capacity, multiple-product output. “Most producers want more tons per hour across the screen – but the key to optimum screening is maximizing capacity without losing efficiency – and that involves both art and science,” said Joe…

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CEMEX, Heidelberg, Holcim Make Climate ‘A List’

Three of the top five global cement, aggregate and concrete producers have made the 2021 Climate Disclosure Project A List, reflecting transparency in environmental impact, greenhouse gas emissions management and water resource metrics. CEMEX, HeidelbergCement and Holcim are among 200 A List/Climate category performers from a pool of 10,000-plus companies that London-based CDP observes. “We commit to continue leading the…

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A New Approach to Neighborhood Councils

Everything Is Bigger In Texas, Including Advisory Councils. Kerr County Is Eying A County-Wide Group. By Therese Dunphy Aggregate-producing operations, or APOs as they are often referred to in Texas, have been under intense scrutiny since 2019 when the Austin American-Statesman launched a six-month investigation into the growing number of state aggregate operations and asserted that “state regulators did almost…

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Lehigh Expansion Opposed by County

Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. wants to amend its 2012 Reclamation Plan for Lehigh Permanente Quarry near Cupertino, Calif., to increase mining. As part of the amendment, the proposal asks to disturb an area of the “Permanente Ridge” that is about 100 vertical ft. in height and 4,000 ft. across, according to the Palo Alto Times. The company’s proposal would effectively…

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Aggregates Facts

July 20, 2021 – Did you know that 38,000 tons of aggregate go into each lane mile of interstate highway? Construction of the average home requires 400 tons of aggregate, while the average size school or hospital requires 15,000 tons. Every state and roughly three-quarters of the nation’s counties are home to an aggregate operation, producing nearly 2.4 billion tons…

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