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Martin Marietta seeks new N.C. quarry

Martin Marietta Materials will have to wait to find out if it can go forward with plans to build a rock quarry in Maple Hill, N.C. During a lengthy meeting In November, the Onslow County Board of Adjustment postponed action on a special-use permit request by the company to build a 1,800-acre quarry off of N.C. 50. The board rescheduled the issue for a future meeting.

In seeking the permit, the company argued the limestone mine presented no health risks and would not bother neighbors. Many of those neighbors attended the meeting to say they didn’t want the quarry in their proverbial backyard.

State environmental experts voiced concerns about the possible impact the mine would have on rare plants and animals in the area.

In order to receive the permit, Martin Marietta had to prove to the board that the quarry would not endanger public health, met required  specifications, would not injure property values and would be in harmony with the surrounding area.

Martin Marietta already operates 42 quarries in North Carolina with two in Onslow County — one in Belgrade and one in Catherine’s Lake.