Commissioners in Kansas reject producer’s new permit request

August 20, 2013

Commissioners in Shawnee County, Kansas, voted unanimously on Monday to reject a request from Kansas Sand and Concrete to make changes to its permit that would allow for more truck traffic per day, according to Topeka’s WIBW.

The permit currently allows the company to haul 35 trips of sand and gravel each weekday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with a limit of 9,100 trips per year.

Kansas Sand and Concrete requested elimination of the daily limit and proposed the annual limit and the working hours remain.

Barry Beagle, planning director for Shawnee County, said the company wants to remove the daily trip limit so it can meet higher demands for sand and gravel.

“Based on the increased demand for sand, Kansas Sand is seeking greater flexibility in the current vehicle trips per day limitations to account for seasonal fluctuations in demand,” Beagle said.

Residents who oppose the change have expressed concerns about safety.

Commissioners also cited safety concerns when they disapproved of the proposal in a meeting last month.

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