Local quarry recognized for land reclamation efforts

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GREENE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A Greene County quarry has been recognized for its reclamation efforts.

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Virginia Transportation and Construction Alliance annually award mines and miners for work in preventing accidents and reclaiming mined land.

Such land is property that has been disturbed by mining activities and has been restored to an environmentally friendly and usable state once mining is completed.

Lock Stone Corporation was honored as the quarry winner for such efforts at Green Quarry.

A quarry in Scott County was also recognized with an honorable mention.

The overall winner and non-quarry winner for reclamation was Hoover Color Corporation, #1 Mine, which is in Pulaski County.

Three non-quarries were also recognized with honorable mentions in Accomack, Henrico and Southampton counties.

Accidents at mines and quarry facilities can cause such facilities to stop operations for a time, but there were no accidents in 2018.

"Safety is DMME's first priority for the companies operating mines in the Commonwealth," said Phil Skorupa, DMME's Mineral Mining Director. "When we combine efforts with the mine operators and the VTCA, we instill a strong safety culture at each mining operation. These employees are committed to safety and they deserve recognition for completing a year accident-free."

According to a release, miners in Virginia recorded more than four million hours of work last year without any lost time accidents.

It adds Virginia's mines employed 2,930 production employees, who put in 4,865,130 hours, and 3,952 contract employees, who put in 972,010 hours, in 2018. Together, they produced more than 64.8 million tons.

During 2018, 231 mineral mines across the Commonwealth worked without any lost time accidents.

Quarry operations that were honored for not having any accidents last year are located in Frederick, Hanover, Spotsylvania and Washington counties.

Several open pit operations were also recognized in Washington, Charles City, King George, and Halifax counties.

These facilities were divided into categories based on employee hours.

The state agency also recognized 43 people who have worked in the mining industry for 15 to 45 years without having a lost time accident.

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