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August 2013

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State & Province NEWS To keep up to date with this breakdown of news in the United States and Canada, visit for daily updates. by Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief Florida Martin Marietta partnered with the Onslow County Public Library to hold the 'Be a Rock Star' program. reports that the program was open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Company representatives explained how rocks form and how they are used. Samples of rocks and fossils were also displayed. The program was held at the main library and two branches over three dates throughout the summer. Florida The Miami-Dade Aviation Department's plan to find a contractor to mine 422 acres at the now-closed Opalocka West General Aviation Airport as a way to help cover the cost of the Miami International Airport expansion hit some turbulence when it issued a bid notice. Terms drew protests from local aggregate producers, according to, and several changes are being proposed. These include a change from lowest bid to negotiations that would consider factors other than price; the transportation department and county would negotiate price payment rather than keep all revenue excluding the mining company's costs; and, while the operator would have to "make reasonable efforts" to confine limestone sales to MiamiDade, Broward, and Monroe counties, sales within those counties would not be mandatory. Illinois The Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP) will host its annual golf outing and dinner on Aug. 26, at the Panther Creek Country Club and Piper Glen Golf Club in Springfield. The $60 ticket price covers green fees, cart rental, cocktails, and dinner. Half of the ticket price will support the IAAP Political Action Committee, while the other half will support the IAAP Illinois Teachers Workshop. Contact IAAP office manager Glenda Schoening at 217-241-1639 to register. Indiana Some residents of Tippecanoe County told WLFI they are upset about the prospect of a quarry near their homes. The television news outlet reports that Bill Miller, who lives across the street from the proposed site, began collecting signatures on a petition to be given to the Department of Natural Resources. He noted concerns about water quality, blasting, and wildlife. "To meet the growing construction needs of the area, Rogers Group is exploring options for a new quarry near Americus," Rogers spokesperson Tom Kenley said. "As always, we will work closely with elected officials to see that regulations and requirements are met. We also plan to meet directly with those in the neighborhood to address any concerns." Kansas Douglas County Commissioners are being asked to put stricter limits on N.R. Hamm, Inc.'s Hamm-Buchheim Quarry following recently resumed activity at the site. According to, a January blast registered 0.565 peak particle velocity on seismic monitors at a neighboring residence. The operation's conditional-use permit calls for annual reviews, but none were conducted when the site was inactive. In October 2012, it resumed operations. Maine At Aggregates Manager press time, a proposed quarry permitting ordinance was expected to be put to a vote during a Mount Desert town meeting. reports the ordinance was created by a special citizen's advisory committee. The town had a moratorium on quarrying as the ordinance was being developed. More than 55 people attended the first review of the ordinance, with several residents speaking out in favor of allowing quarrying. New Jersey Millington Quarry Inc.'s reclamation plans are generating lots of opinions, but little discussion, according to It reports that the operator and its predecessor previously imported fill soil to pad the site, but some soil was found to include contaminants. Bernards Township ordered it to stop importing soil, and the operator sued, but the litigation has been on hold as reclamation plans are being reviewed. Meanwhile, the township planning board, after 17 hearings of expert testimony, approved an interim reclamation plan that would not allow imported soil to cover acreage intended for residential development. Finally, because the objections were outlined in a letter, rather than voiced directly, the township attorney advised the township committee "not to place any reliance" on its letter because it didn't follow proper procedure. The planning board was expected to review the environmental commission's letter in a closed session with its attorney. AGGREGATES MANAGER August 2013 StateNews_AGRM0813.indd 11 11 7/17/13 1:57 PM

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