In 1975 California passed a law lessening chances that aggregates would be blocked from exploitation, but requiring in return that after the mineral is removed, the pit must be reclaimed. Case histories from California and Ohio show how to turn an abandoned gravel pit into a community asset. Comments are made on the availability of sand and gravel reserves in the U.S., and the rising cost of aggregates. The goals of the California law are: to see that surface mining of such minerals and gravel is not precluded by zoning or development of the land, and to assure that post-mining reclamation is done. The success of the law will depend on the skill of those designing and carrying out the reclamation plans.

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  • Accession Number: 00163613
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1978 12:00AM