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JAN 2013

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Vulcan Quarry Opposed More than 50 people showed up to a Gurley, Ala., town hall meeting to voice their opposition to a quarry opening on Hurricane Creek, close to the town, according to WAAY‐TV. Vulcan Materials wants to open a quarry on the west side of Gurley Mountain and some in the community are opposed. The city was previously successful in keeping M&N Materials from locating on the east side of Gurley Mountain by annexing the property. M&N Materials sued the city and won a $5 million dollar settlement but a judge has stayed that judgment. The new quarry would face the McMullen Cove and Hampton Cove communities on the other side of the mountain but residents of Gurley say it will still affect them. Many residents argue that the dust would ag‐ gravate the asthma of many students at Madison County High School who have been diagnosed with the respiratory problem. Another issue is the poten‐ tial damage to the Flint River. E Permit Decision Expected According to the TimesLeader, following what was the eighth in a series of public hearings on the proposed expansion of the Pennsy Supply Corp. quarry on Small Moun‐ tain Road, the Torrance Township, Pa., supervi‐ sors said they will an‐ nounce a decision on the company's application for a conditional use per‐ mit on Jan. 3. Royce Engler, chairman, said there will be no other deliberations in 38 the interval, but the gov‐ erning panel, which also consists of Ben Os‐ trowski and Gary Zane, will take under advise‐ ment and study com‐ ments presented by advocates and oppo‐ nents of the project. En‐ gler did concede, however, that whatever the supervisors' decide will probably not be the final word. Engler said he fully expects follow‐ up litigation from either side that could tie up the case in court. E ROCKproducts • JANUARY 2013 Dredging Leases Challenged According to the San Francisco Examiner, dredge mining of shoals near Angel and Alcatraz islands and throughout Suisun Bay is robbing the bay of sand that keeps San Francisco's Ocean Beach from eroding. Partly as a result of sand mining, the 10‐mile stretch between southern Ocean Beach and Point San Pedro near Pacifica is eroding faster than any other sec‐ tion of coastline in Califor‐ nia, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The findings are based on mod‐ els of tidal currents and sediment flow showing that some of the sand that erodes from the Sierra and eventually passes through the Golden Gate is de‐ posited on coastal beaches. In October, the California State Lands Commission granted a dozen 10‐year sand‐dredging leases – nine in the central bay and three in Suisun Bay – to two companies, Hanson Marine Operations of Pleasanton and Jerico Products of Petaluma. A nonprofit environmental group, San Francisco Bay‐ keeper, countered with a lawsuit in November, claiming that the project's environmental impact re‐ port didn't properly assess the effects of mining activ‐ ity on coastal erosion. E Lafarge Seeks Permit LaFarge North America is seeking permits to expand its quarry operation near Buffalo. According to a notice from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District, La‐ Farge is planning to expand its quarry operation to a 71.7‐acre area of the company's property just north of its existing 350‐acre quarry. The project would include relocating about 5,510 linear ft. of stream and the excavation of 0.02 acres of wetland, which would be mitigated by expanding the area and es‐ tablishing native wetland plants. The expansion is part of the natural progression of the quarry and will not affect the operations of the Davenport cement plant, company spokeswoman Joelle Lipski‐Rock‐ wood said. The public is allowed to comment on the proj‐ ect as part of the permit process. E www.rockproducts.com

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