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4/18/2014 4:20:00 PM
Quarry operation expansion does not include mining

Kevin Caufield
NewsTribune Reporter

OTTAWA — A proposal to expand Northern White Sand’s quarrying operations will not include actual mining and therefore not be subjected to La Salle County’s moratorium on new mining operations.

The company, which annexed into Utica more than 562 acres of land between Utica and Ottawa for actual mining operations, is proposing to expand by more than 350 more acres.

However, La Salle attorney John Duncan, lawyer for Northern White Sand, said the new expansion will not include plans for actual mining, just processing.

“I spoke with (county officials) over this distinction and we’ve been told this would not be subjected to the county’s moratorium,” Duncan said Friday.

La Salle County Board chairman Jerry Hicks (D-Marseilles) confirmed the moratorium would not affect Northern White Sand’s application because no new mining would take place.

The expansion proposal is scheduled to be reviewed by La Salle County Zoning Board of Appeals during its May 21 meeting in Ottawa. A vote by the full county board could come in June.

The $25 million expansion is expected to include a new processing facility and slurry line, and add 40 jobs.

Kevin Caufield can be reached at (815) 220-6932 or

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