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Pennsylvania Quarry Seeks Air Quality Permit


According to The Times-Tribune, the Covington Township, Pa., board of supervisors is asking the state Department of Environmental Protection to carefully review Eureka Stone Quarry’s application to renew its air quality permit.

 Supervisors say they often receive complaints from people who live near the quarry on Route 2018 that are concerned about air quality.

James Furey, Eureka’s environmental safety director, told the paper quarry officials have no comment.Eureka is currently undergoing a review to ensure its application is complete. The next step after that will be a “technical review” by the mining office in Pottsville to ensure the application fulfills all necessary regulations.

DEP’s online records show 30 complaints have been made against the quarry over the past five years. In five cases, DEP cited Eureka for at least one violation, but no violations were found in the other cases. The violations range from permit problems to “failure to take reasonable actions to prevent particulate matter from becoming airborne.”