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DEC 2013

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Water Withdrawal Permit Approved Minnesota Quarry Permit Approved State regulators say they have issued a water withdrawal permit for a mine that's being proposed for Beaufort County, N.C. The Division of Water resources okayed the permit to Martin Marietta Materials, so it can remove up to 12 million gal. of groundwater a day for the proposed mine, according to WITN TV. The first rock quarry permit sought since Buffalo County, Minn., passed new mining regulations last spring has won unanimous backing by county board zoning supervisors, according to the Winona Daily Journal. Several groups oppose the mine, saying the future quarry operations could damage Blounts Creek when it dis‐ charges that groundwater into the creek. The state main‐ tains Martin Marietta will need to adhere to stringent requirements with the permit. That includes daily moni‐ toring of water withdrawals, monthly monitoring of water levels and annual measurement, and modeling from where the water is withdrawn. Some 106 people attended a public hearing this summer on the permit. The state said based on that feedback, the company must follow up on groundwater well com‐ plaints within a specific timeline, as well as updating its map of the zone of influence every year. The company must still get one more approval from the Division of Coastal Management, and modify its mining permit from the state Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources to reflect its capacity use and discharge permits. The quarry will be located on 1,664 acres, and is ex‐ pected to include a 649‐acre open pit for mining. E The Land Resources Committee voted 4‐0 in favor of rec‐ ommending the county Board of Adjustment issue a con‐ ditional‐use permit for a quarry in the town of Montana, Minn. Hildegard Bragger Trust of Montana and Gerke Excavat‐ ing LLC of Tomah, Wis., applied for a permit to open a quarry for mining limestone to sell for roadwork proj‐ ects, driveways, lots and other construction uses. A Sep‐ tember permit application described a two‐phase quarry operation lasting up to 20 years. Mining about 300,000 tons annually was specified with trucking expected to haul 13,600 loads a year averaging 50 per day. A reclamation plan for returning post‐quarry property to pasture and woodland was approved by the state Depart‐ ment of Natural Resources. The company leasing the land has a policy of reclaiming land as the mining project moves along. The Montana Town Board has recommended approving the permit, as well as the Buffalo County Highway Com‐ mittee. E Canadian Quarry Seeks Expansion Lafarge Canada has registered an ex‐ tension project for an environmental assessment to expand its quarry in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, while ensuring a stable supply of ag‐ gregates for the southern Nova Scotia construction industry, said Alex Ken‐ ney, general manager for Atlantic Ready Mix/Lafarge Canada Inc. The Yarmouth Hardscratch Road quarry has operated since 2005, ac‐ cording to Nova News. It is reaching its "maximum disturbed area" and the company is looking to extend its current extraction activities into ad‐ ditional lands owned by Lafarge. Em‐ ployment levels (one to six workers, depending on site activities) are ex‐ pected to remain unchanged follow‐ ing site extension. The expansion will occupy a total of 65 hectares, of which 42 hectares will be used for quarry activities and the remaining 23 hectares will be set aside as a wetlands protection area. No quarry or development activity will occur in this environmentally sensitive area, noted the company. Kenney stated the company has worked closely with local neighbors and community stakeholders to en‐ sure they are aware of the proposal and had the opportunity to provide feedback. "We have taken into account all com‐ ments and feedback received into our planning and welcome any additional feedback. Our current day‐to‐day ac‐ tivities are not expected to change as a result of this proposed expansion and it is business as usual," he said. E ROCKproducts • DECEMBER 2013 45

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