Public hearing tonight on Siler City quarry

Staff WriterJuly 25, 2006 

— The state's Department of Environment and Natural Resources will hold a public hearing tonight on ISP Minerals Inc.'s application to build a rock quarry outside Siler City.

The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the county's Superior Courtroom, at 1 Hillsboro St. in Pittsboro.

Earlier this month, the Siler City Town Council approved a rezoning request that will allow Maryland-based ISP to build a quarry to mine rock for roofing granules on more than 1,000 acres in the town's planning jurisdiction off Old U.S. 421.

The department will receive comments related to ISP's application for a permit for a crushed-stone mining operation.

HOW WILL THE HEARING WORK? People may sign up to speak for as long as three minutes at the hearing.

ISP officials have the option to make a short presentation at the end of the hearing and may be available for discussion afterward.

The public comments period will remain open for 10 days after the hearing. Comments may be sent to Floyd R. Williams, state mining specialist, Land Quality Section, Division of Land Resources, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 1612 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1612.

WHAT CAN RESIDENTS SAY? Comments will be limited to seven questions that G.S. 74-51 of The Mining Act of 1971 asks the department to consider in granting or denying a new mining permit application. They are

1. Will the proposed operation violate any requirement of the article?

2. Will the operation have adverse effects on groundwater or wildlife?

3. Will the operation violate air quality standards, surface water or groundwater quality?

4. Will the operation cause a physical hazard to public health or to neighboring properties?

5. Will the operation have an adverse effect on parks or recreational areas?

6. Will the operation deposit sediment in streambeds or lakes, cause landslides or acid water pollution?

7. Is the applicant in compliance with rules for environmental protection?

CAN THE PUBLIC READ THE APPLICATION? A copy of the mining permit application and corresponding maps are on file with the department. For more information, contact Williams at 733-4574.

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