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Lafarge mining operation wins expansion approval in Blackberry Twp.

Expanded mining comes with more conditions, requirements

A neighbor to the Lafarge Aggregates Illinois Inc. in Blackberry Township, Vivian Vallegas, objected Tuesday to the pit mining operation’s area that was supposed to have been reclaimed. The Kane County Board voted 18-5 with one absent to approve the mining operations expansion request – but with more than a dozen conditions.
A neighbor to the Lafarge Aggregates Illinois Inc. in Blackberry Township, Vivian Vallegas, objected Tuesday to the pit mining operation’s area that was supposed to have been reclaimed. The Kane County Board voted 18-5 with one absent to approve the mining operations expansion request – but with more than a dozen conditions.

GENEVA – The Kane County Board voted 18-5 with one absent Tuesday to approve an expansion of Lafarge Aggregates Illinois Inc. in Blackberry Township.

The gravel pit, located on 651 acres in Blackberry Township south of Elburn, under Lafarge ownership since 2005/2006, has been in operation since 1969, officials said.

The mining operation had been approved for a special use permit to expand the mine three times since it opened, first in 1970, again in 1990 and again in 2003.

This newly approved expansion would add another 148 acres to the operation, for a total of 799 acres.

In working with neighbors, the county and mining company officials agreed to more than a dozen requirements.

These include a storm water permit to demonstrate no additional runoff; reclamation once the mining is completed; setbacks from neighbors and Route 47; 23 acres of green space along Route 47; no new entrances; retrofitting its light fixtures with dark sky glare shields; a comprehensive air emission control plan; noise monitoring; maintain a neighborhood contact system and cooperate with Kane County Zoning Enforcement to address complaints or concerns as well as keep a log documenting all complaints and responses.

Update: This version corrects a previously posted error

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