LaFarge North America is seeking the permits to expand its quarry operation near Buffalo.

According to a notice from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District, LaFarge is planning to expand its quarry operation to a 71.7-acre area of the company’s property just north of its existing 350-acre quarry.

The project would include relocating about 5,510 linear feet of stream and the excavation of 0.02 acres of wetland, which would be mitigated by expanding the area and establishing native wetland plants.

The expansion is part of the natural progression of the quarry and will not affect the operations of the Davenport cement plant, company spokeswoman Joelle Lipski-Rockwood said.

“This is part of the natural process as our quarry grows in size,” she said.

The company hopes to begin the stream relocation project in the spring of 2013 and begin quarrying the area in the spring of 2014, Lipski-Rockwood said.

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The public is allowed to comment on the project as part of the permit process.

Comments may be sent to the District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, ATTN: Wayne Hannel, Clock Tower Building, P.O. Box 2004, Rock Island, IL 61204-2004. The deadline is Dec. 22.

Hannel said this week he had not yet received any comments from the public about the project, but often comments don’t come in until right before the deadline.

Hannel said whether the Corps of Engineers will hold public hearings on the project will depend on the content of the comments received from the public.

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