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Last week, the Joint Committee on Finance voted to add language to the state budget limiting municipal power to regulate gravel quarries.
The preemption language applies to municipalities, as well as towns, and counties.
The amendment limits the authority of local governments to place restrictions or conditions on the operations of a quarry, including the following:
1. Disallows a municipal zoning ordinance from prohibiting the continued operation of a quarry at a nonconforming quarry site. Continued operation of a quarry includes performing quarry operations in an area of a nonconforming quarry site that has not previously been used as a quarry.
2. Prohibits limits on blasting.
3. Prohibits regulating hours of operation.
4. Prohibits local regulations on water quantity and quality.
5. Prohibits local air quality requirements, including dust.
6. Prohibits local noise limits.
7. Prohibits local restrictions on the number of trucks that can enter and exit the quarry.
Contact your local representatives with your concerns regarding this language. Waterford representatives are: Sen. Dave Craig, 608-266-5400 and Rep. Chuck Wichgers, 608-266-3363 / 888-534-0083