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County Board Says No More Hearings On Sand Mines

Posted by wlpo on March 12, 2012

Feeling 15 hours of hearings is enough, the La Salle County Board voted to not have additional hearings about sand mine reclamation plans.

Mississippi Sand and Illinois Sand Company both plan to fill in their pits with water and open it up to recreation once their done mining.  County Board member Russell Boe was one of 16 board members who said no to the hearings. He thinks Mississippi Sand’s reclamation plan is fine and those who are against the proposed mine near Starved Rock have had plenty of time to speak their peace.

After Environmental Services Director Mike Harsted said DNR hearings could delay mine construction, several board members said they were afraid the timeline was too open-ended and hearings could be dragged out.  Mississippi Sand President Tony Giordano says they want to start operating in October but potential hearings could’ve pushed them back to 2013.

Starved Rock Audubon Society President John McKee pleaded to the board to have as many hearings as possible on the mines because they stand to make billions of dollars while the county benefits little from it.  McKee says the handful of jobs and small tax base increase isn’t the best deal possible for La Salle County.

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