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Pennsylvania Quarry Seeks to Expand

A quarry owner's expansion plans in Kingston Township, Pa., has some neighbors worried about the environment and truck traffic, according to The Citizen’s Voice. Buck Mountain Quarry owner John Brdaric applied to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to expand operations from 41.7 acres to 86.5 acres and increase mining depth from 160 ft. to 260 ft. The mine averages 50,000 to 150,000 tpy of stone.

He said the additional area would be used for stockpiling aggregate for landscaping and construction and there would be “very little extra mining.” Residents who live near the quarry are concerned about issues including truck traffic, stormwater runoff and whether the land will be reclaimed.

DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly said the permit is in the review phase. DEP geologic specialist Tiffany M. Folk said the quarry is already bonded, but if the project is approved, DEP will ask for additional bonding. The site would be subject to unannounced DEP inspections two to four times a year, according to Menghini. Residents were given until Dec. 1, to file written comments about the proposed expansion.