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Liberty Quarry Hits a Roadblock

Granite Construction’s plans for its Liberty Quarry site near Temecula, Calif., took a major hit when the Riverside County Planning Commission denied a mining permit and other items needed to move forward on the project. The five-member commission voted 4-1 to reject the permit and a noise ordinance exemption for the quarry, according to a report in The Press-Enterprise.

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Cemex Rezoning Request Approved

The Xenia Township, Ohio, zoning commission approved a rezoning request by Cemex to designate 289.7 acres of land to M-3 Mineral Extraction status, reported the Xenia Daily Gazette. “The Zoning Commission recognized that Cemex has taken great care to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our neighbors in the Xenia Township community,” said Sara Engdahl, director of communications for Cemex.

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Town Owes $5 Million for Opposing Quarry

According to local media sources, a Madison County, Ala., judge has given the town of Gurley at least a temporary reprieve from having to pay nearly $5 million it owes after losing a court case in February. M&N Materials won a $2.75 million verdict, plus 6 percent interest, against Gurley over the town's efforts to block the company from building a rock quarry on a 269-acre site in the small community.

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New Hope Quarry Approval Appealed

Three appeals have been filed against the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) decision to allow New Hope Crushed Stone Co. to expand its quarry in Solebury, Pa.

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City Has Spent $784,000 on Liberty Quarry Fight

Temecula, Calif.'s fight against Granite Construction’s Liberty Quarry and a related city effort to annex 4,500 acres has cost city taxpayers roughly $784,000, according to local media sources. While opponents of the quarry defend the spending, quarry supporters call it a waste of public money.

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