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January 2014

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New Jersey A rehabilitation plan viewed as key to a settlement in the five-year legal dispute between Millington Quarry Inc. and Bernards Township has been the source of numerous closed-door reviews by the township committee. According to The Bernardsville News, settlement talks with Superior Court Judge Thomas Miller were scheduled for midDecember 2013, but as of mid-November, the committee continued its discussions on the subject. Once the township finalizes a plan, the operator can accept it, reject it, or offer its own plan. The dispute dates back to 2005 when, as part of its reclamation plan, the township ordered MQI to pad the site with topsoil. Some of the topsoil was found to have been contaminated, and the township ordered a stop to soil imports. MQI, which had received payment for accepting the soil, sued the township. At the township's request, the operator agreed to have the state Department of Environmental Protection oversee remediation. That plan called for containment of the tainted soil under a 45-acre portion of the site, with half covered by a lake. The township's environmental commission objected to the filling of the lake. South Carolina Vulcan Material Co.'s plans to open a 300-acre granite quarry outside Batesburg are drawing comments from community residents, including Mayor Rita Crapps, who has spoken publicly against the proposed operation. Jimmy Fleming, Vulcan's vice president of human resources for the East Region, told that the quarry is expected to open by 2016 and will eventually replace its Columbia plant. He also said the new operation would be built with residents in mind and would feature noise-dampening equipment. It would also be designed to mitigate sound impact. The operation is expected to initially create a dozen jobs, with the potential for that figure to grow to 30 or 40 over the next decade. Province News Pennsylvania Backlash from nearby residents caused York Building Products Co. to drop its plan to expand quarrying operations within the city limits and, instead, propose rezoning that would allow it to use the property for storage. According to the York Daily Record, the company will store overburden on the acreage. It currently operates a 216-acre site in West Manchester Township and blasts in a 42-acre tract within city boundaries. A homeowner who helped circulate petitions regarding the operation declined to comment on behalf of the homeowners. At Aggregates Manager's press time, a number of construction material producers were to be featured in Cumberland's Christmas Truck Parade in Comox Valley, British Columbia. Cumberland Sand and Gravel's Trudy Logan coordinates the event. "If you just outline your piece of equipment, it looks stunning in the dark," she told The Times Colonist. Keith Tatton, of Redi Mix Sand and Gravel, has participated in the event for about eight years. During the 2012 event, his truck had 15,000 lights on it. Is Your Solution To Water Reclamation! Leader in Design & Construction of Fines Recovery Systems MAXIMIZE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY WITH OUR CUSTOM DESIGNED EQUIPMENT. Close-up photo: Recycled clarified water • • • • • • PLATE AND FRAME PRESS HIGH RATE THICKENER DEWATERING SCREEN FRACTIONATOR VERTICAL DURABILITY CELL SUPER CUTTER HYDRO-CYCLONE March 4-8, 2014 Las Vegas, USA Come See Us at Booth #52728-Central Hall Scan Facebook ASSEMBLED IN THE USA 866.616.9351 Text INFO to 205-289-3782 or visit AGGREGATES MANAGER January 2014 StateNews_AGRM0114.indd 7 7 12/17/13 2:43 PM

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