Aggregate Operators Best Management Practices Handbook
Best Management Practices (BMPs) can play a vital role towards the production and delivery of aggregates in a socially and environmentally sensitive manner. Additionally, BMPs can be an instrument that the aggregate industry can use to demonstrate acceptable management of environmental and social issues.
Best Management Practices are simply tools. They can be physical structures, schedules of activities or practices used to prevent, reduce or mitigate an undesired event, impact or effect. In the case of the Aggregate Operators Best Management Practices Handbook (AOBH), BMPs do not replace legislation, regulations, standards or permit conditions, but can be used as tools to meet those requirements.
The organization of the AOBH is intended to facilitate adoption and usage. It begins with a discussion of the social and environmental challenges facing the aggregate industry, followed by general advice on mine planning and detailed chapters addressing specific topics such as noise, dust, traffic, extraction and risk management. The BMPs are compiled at the end of the handbook in groups according to common associations.
It is the hope of the authors that this handbook will be a catalyst for changing the way aggregate producers, regulators and consumers think and act regarding this vital natural resource.
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