Flipping the Switch to Solar Energy at Graniterock’s Aromas Quarry

A gathering of Graniterock team members and community friends celebrated flipping the switch on a 5-megawatt solar farm that will generate enough power to run more than half of the company’s aggregate quarry in Aromas, Calif. This was a major milestone in the 122-year-old mining and construction company’s ongoing investments to lower greenhouse gas emissions and move to sustainable energy…

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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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Superior Bolsters Latin American Sales Team

Superior Industries Inc. announced the addition of Pedro Kelley to its sales team in Latin America. Kelley will be responsible for developing new dealers, distributors and agents to represent the manufacturer’s crushing, screening, washing and conveying equipment. “It’s a blessing that we’re going to get to work alongside Pedro going forward,” said Jeff Gray, Superior’s international sales director. “He’ll be an…

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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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Puritan Magnetics Offers Suspended Belt Magnets

Puritan Magnetics’ Suspended Belt Magnets are designed for suspension above a belt conveyor and are engineered to remove ferrous contaminants from high-volume deep burdens.  As product passes under the magnet, metal contaminants are drawn out of the material to the face of the magnet. This style of magnet should be installed at the discharge of the head pulley if possible. …

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Montana House Bill Creates Controversy

Aug. 31, 2022 – In Montana, House Bill 599 was pitched by Rep. Steve Gunderson (R-Libby,) as one that would cut the red-tape of environmental laws and reviews to allow for “high and dry” open-cut gravel and mining operations. However, a closer reading of the law shows that it substantially changed how the state regulates sand and gravel pits, including…

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Just …. No!

If I had any hair to tear out, this month I would be tearing my hair out while yelling, “Just … No!” First, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched a new enforcement initiative to “better protect the nation’s miners from health hazards resulting from repeated overexposure to respirable crystalline silica.” MSHA said that…

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BME’s New AXXIS Silver Aims at Small Mines, Quarries

Ensuring that quarries and smaller mines can leverage the latest generation of its renowned AXXIS digital initiation system, Omnia company BME has recently launched AXXIS Silver. According to Tinus Brits, BME’s global product manager – AXXIS, the AXXIS Silver offering is a powerful but slimmed-down version of the cutting-edge AXXIS Titanium product.  “AXXIS Silver embodies the key technological advancements of…

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A Rock Products Special Report: Silicosis, Asthma, COPD and Michigan’s Sand, Gravel and Stone Miners

By Joe McGuire This Rock Products special report, authored by safety consultant Joseph McGuire, was written to refute the findings in a recently released study, “Evaluation of Silicosis, Asthma and COPD Among Sand and Gravel, and Stone Surface Mine Workers.” – Ed.

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