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E-M:/ Gravel pit question

Anyone know of any rules - or rules of thumb - that should be checked out when a person wants to "re-open" a gravel pit?  To my knowledge no gravel has been taken from the pit in 5 years, possibly 10.  My understanding is that since the pit wasn't operational for so long, it would revert back to what the zoning is in that area.  It is zoned Residential/Ag and 30 years ago was run as a family gravel pit.  Is it too late to be "grandfathered in"?  Our local township officials don't know what rules apply or even what to ask.  The man with the pit just TOLD the township supervisor he was going to re-open this pit.  Shouldn't the township require a site plan, or issue a permit of some kind?  Can the request proof that there is even still gravel at this site?  How can they have any control or be sure that he follows noise or pollution control ordinances if there are no ground rules set before he opens?  Any and all comments are appreciated. . .we need some direction here!
Thanks you in advance.
Luanne Jaruzel
Millington Township