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Second attempt to open a door for rejected Stone quarry fails

The people who took a failed Americus quarry fight to the Statehouse have lost a second attempt at legislation.

Posted: Feb 28, 2018 11:54 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- The people who took a failed Americus quarry fight to the Statehouse have lost a second attempt at legislation.

State Rep. Bill Ellinger's amendment to Senate Bill 386 would have prevented counties from rejecting mining or foresting operations based on flood plain concerns.

That was one of the arguments against the proposed stone quarry by the Rogers Group in Americus, which was rejected after seven years of discussion and debate.

"They continue to come back to the area plan commission and try to tell their story, but this amendment would have made it much easier for them to do so," said State Rep. Shiela Klinker.

She said she and other Lafayette-area lawmakers worked hard to remove the amendment once they realized what it would do.

Rep. Ellinger represents district 62, which already has two Rogers Group operations.

This was not his first attempt to make things easier for a Tippecanoe County quarry. Just earlier this month, he introduced a bill of his own to that end.

It was defeated after Tippecanoe County legislators caught wind of it.

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