Rep. Lipinski Reviews Operations at Hanson Quarry in McCook; Residents' Safety is Top Priority

Recently, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) reviewed operations at the Hanson Quarry in McCook.  The quarry resumed normal operations, including blasting activities, last month.  It voluntarily suspended blasting activities following a seismic event that occurred after a routine quarry blast on November 4th of last year.

“After the incident - which I felt at my home - I was involved in bringing Northwestern University and the US Geological Survey out to the quarry to investigate what had happened and what is happening at and around the operation,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “My top concern has been and always will be the safety of the residents of the district, and I will continue to monitor the situation.”

Lipinski stated that while he will make sure that federal authorities keep watch over this quarry and others in regard to following federal laws, the State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources holds the authority to determine whether the quarry has a permit to continue operating.

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