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Company Fined $15,000 for Highwall Violations

By Ellen Smith

Two citations for loose material in an overhanging highwall led to $15,000 in fines for Hoover Inc. for failing to correct hazardous conditions in violation of §56.3200. In one citation, the ALJ increased the penalty.

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Devil’s Slide Quarry Owners to Pay $50,000 for Discharges

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Holcim Inc. entered into a consent agreement in which Holcim will pay a $50,000 penalty for unpermitted discharges to the Weber River at the Devil’s Slide Quarry in Morgan, Utah.

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Mine Operator Scores Victories in Contesting Citations

Often Fighting Back is Worth the Time and Effort.

By Adele Abrams

These days, it may seem like almost an insurmountable obstacle to get citations vacated by Administrative Law Judges, especially if the mine operator is handling the case itself against a government attorney. However, a recent ruling by Administrative Law Judge Manning shows that there is sometimes light at the end of the tunnel.

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Vulcan Proposes Virginia Quarry

A proposed Vulcan Materials mining project along the Rappahannock River in Caroline County, Va., has stirred up controversy among area residents and preservationists.

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Michigan Gravel Operation Can Proceed

Lenawee County, Mich., Circuit Court Judge Margaret M.S. Noe dismissed a lawsuit filed by an area preservation league to stop a gravel operation from starting after hearing oral arguments on March 7. The Woodstock Preservation League, which formed to stop Woodstock Township resident Joe Gentner from starting the plant, argued the gravel pit would be an environmental hazard and would be ill-suited to the surrounding farm and residential district, according to newspaper reports.

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