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Committee releases review of Aggregate Resources Act


October 31, 2013
By Rock to Road

October 31, 2013, Toronto, Ont. – The Standing Committee on
General Government in Ontario has released their report on the review of
the Aggregate Resources Act.

October 31, 2013, Toronto, Ont. – The Standing Committee on
General Government in Ontario has released their report on the review of
the Aggregate Resources Act.

The 57-page report contains 38 recommendations that will
provide for a comprehensive overhaul of the initial Act that was passed by the
Ontario government in 1990.

Highlights of the review report include:

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  • Increased public awareness of the value of
    aggregates operations, modern practices of aggregate extraction and advances in
    restoration and rehabilitation of inactive sites
  • An increase to fees for aggregate extraction
  • Improved public participation in the licensing
    application process
  • The development of public policy surrounding the
    increased use of recycled aggregates
  • Publicized use of recycled aggregates in all
    significant infrastructure projects in Ontario
  • Consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture
    and Food for applications involving prime agricultural land
  • Dedicating additional funds to the
    rehabilitation of inactive pits and quarries
  • Comprehensive studies on the possible increased
    use of rail and marine transport for the movement of aggregates

The report also calls on the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel
Association to become heavily involved in the development and execution of
several of the recommendations, including the evaluation of rehabilitation
policies and procedures and the establishment of a system for tracking the use
of recycled aggregates.

To read the full report, CLICK HERE