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Planners Deny Utility's Permitting Request

Douglas County, Nev., planning commissioners rejected plans to make a mining operation out of a proposed reservoir on public facilities land near the Pine Nut Mountains, according to Scott Neuffer, reporting for Record Courier.

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Give Me Liberty

Granite Construction’s Liberty Quarry project near Temecula, Calif., was given the green light by Riverside County officials. After a review of the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Riverside County’s planning commission staff recommended approval, touting the expected local and regional benefits.

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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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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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Great Azuza Permitting Dispute Not Over Yet

The ongoing dispute Between Vulcan Materials and the town of Duarte, Calif., has been decided at the ballot box, and it’s Vulcan in a landslide. But the permitting battle is not over yet.

Residents of neighboring Azusa overwhelming voted in support of a new mining plan during a special election. In a lopsided win for Vulcan Materials Co.'s Azusa Rock Quarry mining plan, residents voted 1,972 in favor of the plan with 945 opposed. The election was a major victory for the mining plan, its supporters and the four council members who voted in favor of it.

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