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Cemex And Service Rock Opposed Near Vegas


Cemex and Service Rock Products, are seeing some tough opposition to a proposed gravel quarry in the Las Vegas Valley's southern tip

Cemex and Service Rock Products, are seeing some tough opposition to a proposed gravel quarry in the Las Vegas Valley's southern tip, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Clark County Commission voted unanimously against the 640-acre site several miles from Sun City Anthem. The companies wish to extract aggregate for construction materials, leasing the land from the Bureau of Land Management for up to 20 years.

Residents fear dust, blasting, truck traffic and equipment noise. When Commissioner Steve Sisolak met with neighbors last month, about 5,500 residents had signed a petition opposing the quarry. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., as well as Reps. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., oppose the project.

Mike Ford, a Service Rock consultant, has argued that the fears are unfounded. The mine would operate on land deemed suitable for this use, and it would be subject to strict environmental standards, he said.

BLM is doing an environmental impact statement on the site. The agency expects to have a draft report available this fall for public comment before making a final decision in mid-2010, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.