The Mine Safety and Training Division recognizes outstanding
achievements within the various regulatory programs through the Land Reclamation,
Blasting Excellence and Blasting Industry Leadership Award Programs.
The Land Reclamation Award Program, first issued in 1987, recognizes
outstanding and exemplary achievements in non-coal (aggregate) mining reclamation
and is intended to promote high quality reclamation. The program is designed
to create an atmosphere which increases the exchange of information and technologies
and to increase public awareness of achievements made by the aggregate mining
industry. Illinois winners are also nominated for two national reclamation awards,
the National Association of State Land Reclamationists Reclamation Award and
the Interstate Mining Compact Commission's Kenes C. Bowling National Mine Reclamation
Land Reclamation Award Winners
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Reclamation Award Winners and photos of recent recipients.
- 2003 - No Nominations Received
- 2002 - No Nominations Received
- 2001 - Vulcan Materials Company, Casey No. 305 Quarry - Clark County **
- 2000 - Fox River Stone Company - Kane County
** Winner of the 2002 Interstate Mining Compact Commission
(IMCC) Kenes C. Bowling National Mine Reclamation Award.
The Blasting Excellence Award, started in 2002, is a recognition of
individual(s) who have demonstrated excellence in their approach to blasting.
These individuals must have risen above the everyday obstacles and continue
to conduct themselves in the highest professional manner, while using the most
appropriate blasting practices for the job at hand. This award is presented
to individual(s) based upon the merits provided within the nomination and verified
by the Department.
Blasting Excellence Award Winners
- 2004 - Andrew Lewis
- 2003 - Lonnie Dunn
- 2002 - Mark Withey
The Blasting Industry Leadership Award, also started in 2002, is a recognition
of company(s) who have demonstrated leadership within the industry by consistently
going above and beyond the fundamental regulatory requirements. These company(s)
must have shown progressive attitudes by establishing and supporting policies
which promote blasting programs that achieve quality blast design and safe blasting
techniques with significant consideration to the surrounding communities.
Blasting Industry Leadership Award Winners
- 2004 - Vulcan Materials Company
- 2003 - Columbia Quarry
- 2002 - Elmhurst Chicago Stone