North / South America
Quarry opposed by Native American Tribe rejected by county
Sep, 16 2011
(California) -- The Riverside County Planning Commission rejected Granite Construction’s proposed Liberty Quarry August 31, but the fight isn’t over yet for the Native American tribe and environmental groups who oppose it.
According to Signonsandiego.com, the commission sited potential health risks as its reason for not approving the 414-acre proposed quarry that would be built just north of San Diego County near the City of Temecula.
“Our efforts are currently focused on preventing the approval of a huge open-pit mine on the Temecula border which would destroy the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve currently located on the proposed quarry site, as well as our clean air quality, home values and the booming tourist industry in our area,” writes the activist group Save Our Southwest Hills on its website.
The project is also opposed by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians because there are sites sacred to them in the proposed quarry area.
The final decision lies with the county’s board of supervisors because Granite Construction plans on appealing the commission’s decision. Sign On San Diego estimates that won’t happen until the end of the year.
Test results released in a white paper by Solidia Technologies are said to show that a new technology that cures concrete using carbon dioxide instead of water reduces the carbon footprint of cement and concrete up to 70% and produces higher-performing concrete products while using the same raw materials and equipment as traditional concretes. More
Sandvik Construction has announced that it is to stop production of mobile crushing and screening equipment at its factory in Swadlincote, County Derbyshire, central England. More