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JUL 2013

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Kansas Quarry will not Face Restrictions Residents who live near the Hamm Buchheim Quarry in western Douglas County, Kan., walked away frustrated after county commis‐ sioners declined to put any new restrictions on how the quarry operates, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. Commissioners did approve an agreement ne‐ gotiated with N.R. Hamm Inc., which operates the quarry, to share the cost of suppressing dust on the gravel road that leads to the quarry. And they approved posting a 40‐mph speed limit on the road. But beyond that, they said it was doubtful they had any authority to change the terms of the permit that was issued more than 35 years ago, at least not immediately. Residents had urged commissioners to change the quarry's permit. The quarry is located on about 70 acres just north of Clinton Lake along East 550 Road, formerly known as Route 1029. E Frac Sand Quarry Under Discussion The Missouri Department of Re‐ sources (DNR) will make deci‐ sions about what comes next for Summit Proppants' applications for a permit under the Land Reclamation Program to build a sand quarry in the western part of Ste. Genevieve County. Summit Proppants' representa‐ tives moderated a public hear‐ ing with DNR at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center. The event packed a meeting room with more than 120 people – including State Senator Gary Romine, State Rep‐ resentative Kevin Engler as well as the three Ste. Genevieve County commissioners – and lasted about four hours, an hour longer than Community Center Vulcan Prevails In Virginia Court According to Fredericks‐, the Supreme Court of Virginia has sided with Caroline County's Board of Supervisors in a lawsuit in‐ volving Vulcan Materials Co.'s planned mining project on Al‐ bert Wachtmeister's 541‐acre Black Marsh Farms property in the Skinker's Neck area of Caroline. at the riverfront property. Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr. issued an opinion affirming a 2012 ruling by Circuit Judge Joseph Ellis, who ruled that Friends of the Rappahan‐ nock and a group of con‐ cerned citizens and landowners did not have legal standing to contest the Board of Supervisors' 2011 decision to grant Vulcan a special‐exception permit to mine sand and some gravel Earlier this spring Caroline Circuit Court Judge Harry T. Taliaferro III also sided with the defendants in another lawsuit involving a nearby mining operation. That case involved a special‐exception permit issued to the Snead family, the defendants, for the Clark's Cut II mining op‐ eration on the north side of U.S. 17 along the Rappahan‐ nock River. E 40 ROCKproducts • JULY 2013 The decision clears the way for the mining operation to proceed, said Hirschler Fleis‐ cher attorney Charlie Payne, who represented Vulcan in the case along with law part‐ ner John Walk. It's unclear when the operation will begin. staff had planned. Most of the area residents who attended the meeting were opposed to the quarry proposal. The meeting covered eight areas of concerns that had surfaced during the public comment period: noise, truck traffic and the county road, public safety, blasting, stream and wildlife, groundwa‐ ter, air quality, and health and property value. While Summit Proppants' repre‐ sentatives made pledges to be a good neighbor at various times in the meeting, opponents pounced on the company's deci‐ sion to draw the mine opera‐ tions boundary 5 to 10 ft. inside the exterior property lines of the four connected properties. E Wyoming Quarry Permitted Sheridan County, Wyo., commissioners approved a 20‐year quarry permit for a 10‐acre quarry at their regularly scheduled meeting, according to the Sheridan Journal. Big Horn Land and Leasing will excavate, grade, stockpile and haul topsoil and construction fill mate‐ rial from the site for use on local construction proj‐ ects. Crushing is not proposed. Owner Jason Spielman said approximately 50,000 yd. of excess material will be removed and used as needed. Spielman approached the county commissioners to dis‐ cuss the terms of the quarry permit, which included sharing the cost of dust suppression on East Ridge Road at a cost not to exceed $2,259 per year. Spielman said since the quarry will operate on an as‐ needed basis, he thought the cost share was too high to make his business economically viable. Over the 20 years of the permit, Spielman would have to pay more than $45,000 for the application of magnesium chloride on the portion of East Ridge Road used by his haul trucks. E

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