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Starved Rock Area Sand Mine Facing Delays

Posted by wlpo on May 24, 2012

“Far from a done deal”, that’s how one member of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency describes the approval of a sand mine next to Starved Rock State Park.

Members of the EPA, DNR, and Illinois Historic Preservation Agency took public comments last night about permit requests from Mississippi Sand.  The sand mine company has received approval from La Salle County but still needs a handful of permits from the state.

Mississippi Sand President Tony Giordano says the process has been delayed but not because of the state. He understands they must follow the law but thinks opponents have been extra critical of his project, slowing things down.

Originally, Giordano hoped to begin mining sand east of Starved Rock off Route 71 this fall.  He now thinks early 2013 would be more realistic.

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