PERMITTING – JUNE 2021

Permit Conflict Muddies Tennessee Plant ConstructionVolunteer Sand and Gravel is under fire in Tennessee for ignoring a cease-and-desist letter regarding construction of its plant on the banks of the Duck River. The operator has received some permits, including from the Tennessee Department of Conservation and Environment (TDEC), but withdrew its application for a permit from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA),…

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Krumenacher Pens Quarry Regulatory Book

Industry consultant Mark J. Krumenacher, senior principal/senior vice president for GZA GeoEnvironmental, has written a new book, “Quarry Regulatory Control and Permitting: Defending the Foundation of a Sustainable Society.” “There is no book or information source that addresses the extent of regulatory control and oversight and the challenges of permitting,” Krumenacher said. “If you or your partners have experienced the quarry…

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Innovative Quarry Operation Proposed in Colorado

A proposal to develop an environmentally focused sand and gravel supply operation in Dotsero, Colo., is the first step to bringing a long-contemplated vision of rural residential homes and first-ever commercial services to an expanding community at the eastern mouth of Glenwood Canyon and on the north side of Interstate 70, according to developers.

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New Endangered Species Act Rules Coming

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) on Aug. 12 announced changes to rules implementing parts of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This is a positive step that will increase transparency and effectiveness of the ESA and reduce overly-burdensome regulations faced by aggregates producers, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). 

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Department of Commerce Report Targets Permitting Delays

The National Mining Association (NMA) applauded the recommendations of a new U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) report which aims to ensure a reliable supply of minerals in the United States. The report is the culmination of months of collaborative work with various U.S. agencies in response to Executive Order (EO) 13817, “A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies…

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NSSGA Files WOTUS Comments

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and member companies submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support the replacement of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule with an improved rule. This replacement proposal includes key suggestions from NSSGA, including exemptions for pits, water treatment systems, dry stream beds…

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