Cemex is seeking to rezone land that it owns just south and west of Yellow Springs, Ohio, to construct a new quarry. If successful, the zoning would be changed from agricultural usage to mining. The 289-acre site would begin operations in 2019 in the southwest part of the property, and then proceed east, then north.
Neighbors are already organizing to protest the possible rezoning, citing concerns about increased noise and dust on their property, along with possible harmful environmental effects, which it said are characteristic of Cemex operations.
Members of the Green Environmental Coalition have also reportedly raised concerns over the proposed rezoning, citing concerns over the effects of mining on the water table and wildlife habitat. According to Cemex, the new project would involve only mining, not cement manufacturing, the cause of the previous environmental problems for the company.