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A Quarry with a Solar System

Santa Rosa, Calif.-based BoDean Co.’s Mark West Quarry will make history on May 11 when they “flip the switch” and become the first quarry in the world to be 100 percent reliant on solar power.

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Infrastructure Projects, Cement Plant, Cited as Threats to ‘Endangered Places’

By Mark S. Kuhar

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), which says it has used the power of the law to defend the South's natural resources for 25 years, released its third annual list of the top 10 places in the South that face immediate, potentially irreversible damage in 2011.  

Threats to some of the locations on the list come from highway and bridge projects and a proposed cement plant.

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Vulcan Materials Receives Habitat Conservation Award

By Mark S. Kuhar

Employees at Vulcan Materials Co.’s Stafford Quarry in Virginia received international recognition for their contributions to wildlife habitat conservation at the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) 22nd Annual Symposium, The Business of Biodiversity.

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Knife River Focused on Recycling

MDU Resources Group, Bismarck, ND, issued its 2010 sustainability report, entitled “Building a Strong America. “The idea of sustainability continues to evolve as we, along with the rest of the world, become more conscious of our impact on the planet. We continue our efforts at MDU Resources to minimize harmful impacts,” reads the report in its introduction.

Recycling is a key to MDU Resources’ sustainability efforts. At a number of its company locations, MDU Resources recycles various materials, including, but not limited to, construction materials, computers and electronics, electrical equipment, light bulbs, paper, scrap metal, appliances, coal combustion ash, used oil and batteries.

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