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Lehigh May Build 4.5-Mile Conveyor

Lehigh Cement Co. is pursing plans to erect a 4.5-mile conveyor system between its quarry in New Windsor, Md., and its Union Bridge, Md., cement plant, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun. The conveyor would run under roads, rails, streams and over acres of protected farmland. Lehigh says such a system is the best way to keep the plant running. But some local residents have criticized Lehigh's environmental record and are concerned about the prospect of construction on agriculturally preserved land.

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EIR Approved for Quarry Expansion

A plan to expand Northern Aggregates’ Harris Quarry south of Willits, Calif., cleared a hurdle when the Mendocino County, Calif., board of supervisors unanimously certified the environmental impact report (EIR) for the project and approved zoning changes to allow an asphalt plant at the site. According to the Ukiah Daily Journal, the project would allow Northern Aggregates to rezone about 18 acres of the land to accommodate the proposed asphalt plant.

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Pennsy Supply Gets Approval for Expansion

Pennsy Supply Inc. received a permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that allows a 184-acre expansion of the Small Mountain Quarry in Luzerne County, Pa., according to a report in the Central Penn Business Journal, Harrisburg, Pa. Under the permit, the quarry could expand to nearly 317 acres. The plan still needs local zoning approvals and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must give final approval to a habitat plan for a type of bat.

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Martin Marietta Withdraws Application

Martin Marietta Materials Inc. withdrew its permit application for a quarry in Onslow County, N.C., according to a report in The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. The move came after the company presented an amended plan following its initial bid for a special-use permit. The plan for a 1,831-acre limestone operation – which was to have three phases with the first phase taking 40 years to mine – generated community opposition.

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Bremer Quarry Receives Approval

The Bremer Quarry, Lake City, Minn., received a conditional-use permit to continue operating for decades; however the Wabasha County, Minn., Board, which approved the permit in a 14-0 vote, might face a lawsuit as a result. The permit, according to a report in the Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn. – which sets out details such as times to blast or crush rock and how to reclaim the land – became entangled in legal issues when it was learned that a joint county-city planning group might actually have the final say in the permit.

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