Magruder Limestone Co. continues to work toward a permit for its proposed 52-acre quarry in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., according to the Lake News. A proposal for a rock quarry will resurface in November, continuing a legal battle between the quarry operation, state agencies, Lake of the Ozarks cities and a group of homeowners. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Land Reclamation Commission will take up the case, which has gone on for four-and-a-half years.
Opponents claim that the quarry at the Woodriver Road site would threaten their health, safety and livelihood. They claim that preliminary blasts that were set off near a sewage treatment plant caused the plant's ultraviolet effluent treatment system to shut down.
The return of the application for a quarry permit coincides with the passing of a new law that changes the process for mining permits. Under prior law, a quarry operator had the burden of proof to demonstrate to the DNR that its quarry would not harm the health, safety and livelihood of surrounding property owners and other affected community members.
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