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RDU Quarry Public Hearing Scheduled for June 23, 2020 & Reasons the Mining Permit Can Be Denied

06/01/2020 4:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Thank you for submitting public comments to DEQ and local elected officials voicing your opposition to RDU Quarry. We appreciate your support!

The Public Hearing for RDU Quarry will be held virtually on June 23, 2020 at 6 p.m. EDT.  Get login details here.

We're seeking people to speak against the quarry. Public comments are limited to two minutes. Don't worry if you don't know what to say or even like public speaking — we'll help you with talking points.

If you're interested in speaking, you must register in advance. Once you register, reply to this email or email us at info@umsteadcoalition.org to let us know and we'll be in touch. 

By  State Law, the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) can deny a mining permit for any of the five following reasons:

  1. Adverse effect on the purposes of a publicly owned park, forest or recreation area
  2. Adverse effects on potable groundwater supplies, wildlife or fresh water
  3. Violating standards of air quality, surface water quality, or groundwater quality
  4. Hazard to public health and safety
  5. Hazard to a neighboring dwelling house, school, church, commercial or industrial building, public road or other public property
Local public officials have the power to stop the quarry and the fence. We have provided some sample emails/letters here.

You can email or mail your letters to the elected officials asking for the 50-year Sunset Clause to be reinstated and to deny the new mining permit for the Odd Fellows Tract.

NC Office of the Governor

20301 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

When writing comments to DEQ, it's essential for your comments to directly relate to one or more of these five reasons for denial.

Read the NCDEQ Press Release about the Public Hearing below:

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources (DEMLR) is seeking community feedback on Wake Stone Corporation’s application for modification to Permit 92-10.  Based on current guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and limits on size of public gatherings under Phase 2, the public hearing on this application will be held digitally on June 23, 2020.

The public is invited to participate online or listen by phone. Speakers will be asked to register in advance.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 6:00 PM

Participants can join the meeting starting at 5:45 PM

https://deq.nc.gov/news/press-releases/2020/05/22/public-hearing-wake-stone-quarry-application-modification-update

ONLINE

Cisco WebEx Link

Meeting Number (Access Code): 617 499 551

Meeting Password: DEQ123

PHONE:

Cisco WebEx by Phone: +1 415 655 0003 US TOLL 

Meeting number (access code): 617 449 551

*If you wish to speak at the digital public hearing, you must register, provide the required information, and follow instructions on ways to join the public hearing. Registration must be completed by 12:00 PM on June 23, 2020. To register, please click the following link.

*If you have technical difficulties, an automated voicemail will be set up from June 23 to July 3 to receive your verbal comments: 919-707-9209 (Please state your name before commenting.)

To submit a public comment or obtain additional information concerning the hearing, email ncminingprogram@ncdenr.gov or write:

Judy Wehner

Assistant State Mining Specialist

Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources

1612 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1612

Telephone: (919) 707-9220

The proceedings will remain open for a period of ten (10) days following the hearing for additional written arguments or statements ending on Friday, July 03, 2020.

DEQ will consider all public comments and other available information about the permit application before deciding whether to issue the final permit, deny the permit or issue it with amended conditions.

The application, public notice, and proposed mine maps can be found here.

https://deq.nc.gov/news/press-releases/2020/05/22/public-hearing-wake-stone-quarry-application-modification-update

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