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New Hope Quarry Approval Appealed

Three appeals have been filed against the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) decision to allow New Hope Crushed Stone Co. to expand its quarry in Solebury, Pa. The local township, Solebury School and Primrose Creek Watershed Association filed separate challenges with the state’s Environmental Hearing Board after the DEP in late July agreed to allow the quarry to expand excavation from 120 ft. to 170 ft., according to a report on

“It is next to impossible to understand why the DEP decided to allow the quarry to expand, after it already determined that the quarry had damaged this beautiful waterway,” said Kevin Morrissey, president of the Primrose Creek Watershed Association, which teamed up on its appeal with PennFuture, a state environmental advocacy organization. Solebury School, with 230 students, said it has experienced sinkholes on its 90-acre campus because the quarry uses 2.5 million gallons of water a day from the watershed as part of its mining operations.