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12 • ROCK products • January 2019 www.rockproducts.com IN THE KNOW Texas State Senator Donna Campbell (R-District 25) filed Senate Bill 208 to extend requirements for setbacks, or routinely welcoming business and civic groups to the oper- ation, so community members can learn about the facility. Local, state and congressional lawmakers are also frequent guests at the quarry where they are educated on the value of aggregates. This year, FEC Quarry earned the 2018 National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association's (NSSGA) Platinum Community Rela- tions Award as well as the NSSGA's Two Stars of Excellence Award in recognition of the community relations award on top of the Environmental Excellence Gold Award it received in 2017. "Cemex's strong corporate partnership with the Boy Scouts allows us to reach even more young people in our community with programs that may influence them with future career choices," said Cliff Freiwald, program director, South Flor - ida Council of Boy Scouts of America. "We thank Cemex for continuing to support our Scouts by coordinating programs that give them an incredible opportunity and hands-on experience." FEC Quarry was established in 1974 and currently is Cemex's second largest aggregate-producing operation in the United States. The U.S. Geological Survey recently ranked FEC Quarry third in the nation in production volume among crushed stone quarries. FAST FACT SB 208 is one of several pieces of legisla- tion Campbell plans to file this session to improve accountability and monitoring of facilities. Texas Legislator Files Bill to Address Concrete Crushing, Ready-Mix Plants buffer zones, around concrete facilities and concrete-crush- ing operations. If passed, the bill would double the current 440 yd. requirement between concrete plants and existing residences, schools and churches to 880 yd., or a half-mile. It would also expand the zone of people eligible to request a public hearing during the permit process for aggregates operations to 880 yd. from the proposed plant. The proposed change is the result of multiple discussions with Kendall and Comal County residents after Vulcan Materials proposed expanding its operations in the Hill Country, includ- ing opening a concrete batch plant near a Montessori school. "As a Hill Country resident, I share my neighbors' deep desire to preserve our natural resources while managing growth vital to the community," said Campbell. "This bill will add valuable protections for families that will enhance our qual- ity of life and ensure the health and safety of our children." SB 208 is one of several pieces of legislation Campbell plans to file this session to improve accountability and monitoring of aggregate facilities, concrete plants, and quarries as they operate closer to neighborhoods and schools in unincorpo- rated areas of Texas counties. FAST FACT Cemex representatives presented the South Florida Council of Boy Scouts of America with a $10,000 donation check. Midwestern Industries, Inc. "The Sizing People" ® MEV ® Uni-Rod ® TOLL FREE 877 - 4 - SIZING (877-474-9464) sales@midwesternind.com Screening Equipment Wire Cloth Replacement Parts Emergency Shipping Visit: midwesternind.com Visit Midwestern Ind. at Booth #32088 February, 12-14 Indianapolis, Indiana

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