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July 2014

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5 AGGREGATES MANAGER July 2014 Massachusetts S.M. Larusso & Sons wants its West Roxbury quarry to be able to accept soil as part of the quarry's reclamation process. Accord- ing to The Boston Globe, the request — originally to include construction fi ll — has reignited discord between the community and the operation. In response, the city proposed a zoning change that would require it to receive city approval before accepting construction fi ll. The company offered to stop blasting by 2030 if the operation is allowed to accept dirt and the zoning amendment is withdrawn. Its proposal calls for up to 300 truck- loads of dirt to be delivered to the quarry each day. New Jersey Despite the efforts of more than 80 protestors, the Bernards Town- ship Committee approved a deal with Millington Quarry to allow the operation to accept tipping fees from contractors depositing soil at the site. According to The Bernardsville News, the deal ends six years of litigation between the township and quarry. Mayor John Carpenter told the angry crowd that the deal would limit the amount and duration of soil imported, while allowing the communi- ty to require extensive testing. The settlement allows up to 300,000 cubic yards of soil to be accepted at the site through Jan. 31, 2017, with the operation permitted to seek approval for another 52,000 cubic yards prior to that date. Virginia Leesburg Today reports that Luck Stone will provide a $40,000 grant to The Nature Generation. Luck Stone was a key participant in the group's creation of Education on Energy and the Environ- ment (E3) classroom games, which are made available for free to teachers throughout Virginia and the United States. It is also sup- porting the next generation of games, which should be released this fall. The grant will improve the technology of the games and make them accessible online. The content will be enhanced to include current environmental topics, encourage critical thinking, and inspire responsible environmental action. South Carolina Lexington County offi cials moved forward with the fi rst revisions to county control over aggregate operations in more than two decades. The State reports the group gave tentative approval to a measure that increases the size of buffers around quarries. The newspaper reports that the proposal grew from Vul- can Materials Co.'s effort to open a quarry on a 300-acre site several years ago. Vulcan would be required to have buffers as large as 1,500 feet with trees and greenery to screen material extraction. Local councilman Frank Townsend called the new county standard "one of the strictest in the nation." Michigan McCoig Materials Inc. agreed to table its application for a special-use permit for six months, Ann Arbor News reports. Township planner John Enos recommended the delay to allow local offi cials more time to study reports on the project. "It has always been our goal to work as cooperatively with the local units of government as possible," said Tim Forell, founder of ForEnergy LLC, which represents the operator in its permi ing process. " ey asked us to delay our application…and, out of respect for the local community, we agreed." e permit is expected to be heard at the commission's November or December meeting. Texas e Arkansas and Missouri Railroad and APAC Central were the 2014 recipients of Argus' Win-Win Award. According to Gnomes National News Service, the award recognizes innovation and cooperation in a sometimes adversarial relationship. e rail service allows APAC Central to serve previously inaccessible markets and compete against sand delivered by trucks. "It is like having two or three extra sales people that we do not have," said Larry Combs, APAC Central account manager. "It really is the greatest partnership going."

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