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JUN 2013

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Gravel Operations Get CUPs After listening to gravel hauling con‐ cerns, the Brown County, Minn., Plan‐ ning Commission added a number of Conditional Use Permit (CUP) condi‐ tions to a pair of North Star Town‐ ship gravel mining operations applications. North Star Township Supervisor Ron Groebner said gravel trucks owned by Central Specialties Inc. of Alexan‐ dria and Knife River Corp. exiting the Geis gravel pit in Section 29 have taken a heavy toll on township roads leading to U.S. Highway 14. "Without grading and water, the roads have been a mess for the last two years," Groebner said. "Between the two companies, the roads were damaged more than you can imagine. The 10 cents (per yard township maintenance donation, a permit con‐ dition), didn't cover costs to restore the road. It should be graded daily, which we do," he said. Brown County Assistant Zoning Ad‐ ministrator Desiree Hohenstein said her office has received complaints. Commissioner Loren Renberg said landowners and haulers need to work together to help maintain roads. E Utah Quarry Granted Permit The Summit County, Utah, Council denied an appeal on a Rockport Rocks quarry approval, according to The Park Record. Following the council's meeting, the quarry continues to be set for con‐ struction on a two‐acre property near Rockport State Park in Peoa, Utah. The Eastern Summit Planning Commission previously approved the quarry, which will be used to ex‐ tract large boulders for use in land‐ scaping and stream bed stabilization applications. The approval assumes the quarry meets the county's conditional use permit conditions. The conditions require the quarry operator to submit proof of an oper‐ ating permit and reclamation bond, Rockport Rocks obtains a CWP3 per‐ mit before beginning quarry work and that properly licensed personnel carry out blasting operations be‐ tween 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The conditions also state that tempo‐ rary uses or accessory uses not in‐ cluded in the operation description are not permitted; limit operation hours to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; and require the com‐ pany to control mud, rock and dust track‐out from the operation. E Vulcan Will Mine Azusa Vulcan Materials will begin mining the west side of Azusa Rock in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley, Calif., which is expected to generate millions of dollars for the city of Azusa, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reported. The project – approved in July 2010 – includes funding for scholarships and open space and a pledge to cre‐ ate a new trailhead to Fish Canyon Falls. People opposing the operation have said mining the area will scar the mountainside, worsen air quality and block access to a trailhead to the Fish Canyon Falls area. This is Vulcan's second mining oper‐ ation in the Azusa area. The company has operated a rock quarry at the mouth of Fish Canyon Falls on the east side of Azusa Rock but wanted to move operations closer to its pro‐ cessing facility near Duarte and Azusa. E Quarry Permit Moves Forward for Martin Marietta The state has okayed one hurdle for a proposed Martin Marietta rock quarry in Beaufort County, N.C., de‐ spite concern from local residents about possible pollution. The 1,600‐acre limestone quarry 48 would be located off Welbourn Road near Vanceboro, N.C. There is con‐ cern that wastewater from the mine would end up in Blounts Creek, a recreational fishing hot spot. The N.C. Division of Water Quality ap‐ ROCKproducts • JUNE 2013 proved the water quality certification for the quarry. Martin Marietta is also seeking a national pollutant dis‐ charge elimination system permit from the state to address a proposed discharge to tributaries to Blounts Creek. E

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