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Mining Impacts to the Human and Natural Environments

A compilation of resources and issues


Articles and issues regarding mining aggregate and soil in Palm Beach County:


Environmental groups win ruling against rock-mining expansion in Palm Beach County (Palm Beach Post Oct 6, 2011)

4th DCA reverses Palm Beach County Commission development order allowing a rock mining in the Everglades Agricultural Area (July, 2011)

read the decision here

A great decision from the 4th DCA today -- with recently elevated 19th Circuit Judge Burton Conner on the panel -- reversing a Palm Beach County Commission development order allowing a rock mining operation in the Everglades Agricultural Area.

The 4th DCA reversed summary judgment in favor of the rock mining company and ordered the case to be returned to the trial court for entry of a judgment finding the development order inconsistent with the Palm Beach County Comprehensive Plan.

The development order was challenged by 1000 Friends of Florida.
Richard Grosso and Robert Hartsell represented 1000 Friends.

Lewis, Longman and Walker represented the mining company.

Among the cases cited as authority by the 4th DCA was Martin County's own Pinecrest Lakes case, which established that the court does not need to defer to the county's interpretation of the comprehensive plan.

FPL wants to take reservoir water intended for environment, community supplies (May 11, 2010|By Andy Reid, Sun Sentinel)

For the latest from the Army Corp supplemental EIS plans see this site:

See the May 9, 2008 judge's ruling on the appeal to Judge Hoevler's decision.

Activists take rock mining to court  (June 2, 2008) PAUL QUINLAN Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

The plaintiffs are 1000 Friends of Florida, the Florida Wildlife Federation and the Sierra Club.  Both mines seek to blast 50 feet deep at the rate of about 100 acres a year.

Palm Beach County Commission lets rock mine expand in Everglades area:  Critics worry about restoring 'Glades

| South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Miners get OK to build in West Palm Beach County (Palm Beach Post, April 24, 2008)

April 28, 2008 update on Zoning changes from Matthew Schwarz-

Palm Beach commissioners in favor of rock mining expansion (Miami Herald, Apr. 04, 2008) BY MITRA MALEK

Palm Beach County citizens trying to protect resources- a loss and opportunity  (April, 2008)

2 rock mines in west Palm Beach County win key endorsements
By Andy Reid | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    10:42 PM EDT, April 3, 2008

Here are some details about Hoevler's ruling in Miami-Dade County--

EAA MINING SUMMIT- hear the entire summit and

read newspaper stories - provided by Matt Schwarz

Fighting mining because of Benzene contamination of potable water- (in Georgia)

Part One: Toxin Agency Looks the Other Way

Date: Mar 14, 2008 12:36 AM


Letter to editor regarding unsupported claims for mine pits acting as reservoirs

read Judge Hoevler's findings regarding benzene intrusion into drinking water.

Map of existing an proposed mines in the EAA


Related Water issues for the Florida:

This interview in Surfer Magazine is a look at possible surface water and coastal zone impacts caused by aquifer injection.  Read about the article from the interviewee

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