Sand Mine

World Faces Global Sand Shortage

Jul 21, 2017

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The nation’s last coastal sand mining operation will close.  Thursday the California Coastal Commission approved an agreement with CEMEX to end its operations on the beach in Marina.  

Last March the California Coastal Commission told CEMEX that its sand mine in Marina violates the Coastal Act.  A year later, the plant is still up and running while drawn out talks between the two continue. 

The last coastal sand mining plant in the nation remains open in Marina.  It has operated largely unregulated for decades. Then nearly a year ago, the California Coastal Commission put the CEMEX Sand Mine on notice, saying it violates the Coastal Act.   

The two have been in negotiations ever since.  In the meantime, those who want to see the mine shutdown are keeping a watchful eye on operations.

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Today the owners of the CEMEX Sand Mine in Marina will miss yet another deadline to formally respond to the California Coastal Commission.  The sand mine has been operating on the coast of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary without a permit, but the Commission only recently took action. 

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