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Oct. 14, 2016 – Hurricane Matthew did untold damage up and down the Atlantic coast, and aggregates operations were not immune. Check out this dramatic video footage, taken by WRAL...
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Johnson Crushers International showcased the Kodiak K500+, its 500-hp, remote-adjust cone crusher, at the recent MINExpo tradeshow held Sept. 26-28 in Las Vegas.
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FLSmidth and Northern Heavy Industries Group Co., Ltd (NHI Group), based in Shenyang, China, have signed an agreement to enter into a joint venture – with an equal amount of...
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Major Wire Industries Limited, a Haver & Boecker company, announced the retirement of Gary Pederson as the vice president of sales after 17 years of loyal service.
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Doug Oberhelman, chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc., was named the sole recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) highest honor – the “ARTBA Award.”...
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Wisconsin Town Votes for Permit Moratorium

The Trempealeau County, Wis., Board in Whitehall voted 12-0 to not consider any new silica-sand removal permits for a year, according to the Pierce County

Existing sites will not be allowed to expand, either, while county officials study the impact of frac-sand mining on people’s health. County environmental director Kevin Lien says the public has questions that local officials cannot answer. The moratorium’s author, Supervisor Sally Miller, says it will slow things down and quote, “give us a chance to catch our breath.”

Trempealeau County has 10 frac-sand mines operating, and 16 other sites are in various stages of development after getting permits. Those sites cover more than 4,700 acres. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Trempealeau County has issued more frac-sand mining permits in the last 36 months than any other county in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Wisconsin alone has over 100 facilities.

Supervisor Miller recently complained that fellow County Board member David Suchla broke ethics laws by engaging in his own proposed frac-sand operation with a Texas firm. Suchla admits being in the frac-sand business but said he has not violated anything. A prosecutor in nearby La Crosse is investigating.