Reclaimed mining site now a flat land area with many trees, small ponds and ground cover, with a mountain in the distance

The sites listed below may be of special interest to local citizens. The links provide detailed information about the ongoing activities at these sites. If you have a concern regarding a specific site, please contact the department contacted listed for that site.

Nexgen Silica LLC - Ste. Genevieve County

The department received a mining permit application from Nexgen Silica for a proposed 249-acre sandstone mine site. The site is located along U.S. Highway 32, approximately two miles from Hawn State Park. The mine plan covers property owned by six different landowners, all of whom have given signed consent. The company has sent public notice to adjacent landowners and county commissioners. 

Nexgen Silica LLC did not have any appeals to the Supreme Court. Therefore, the Court of Appeals issued a mandate on Nov. 9, 2023, and found the Department of Natural Resources' position was justified.