Monday, January 31, 2011

Fruitland quarry decision may come on February 7

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - The Missouri Land Reclamation Commission will meet in a closed session on February 7 to decide if two mining company can operate quarries in Fruitland.
Residents of Fruitland have reacted strongly against the quarries, which would be located near Saxony Lutheran School. Over 30 citizens spoke in front the commission last week at a hearing in Jefferson City. Representatives from Heartland Materials and Strack Excavating outlined their proposals.
State Representative Donna Lichtenegger has been actively campaigning to keep the quarries out of Fruitland. She says that residents of the small Cape Girardeau county community have been longing for a chance to speak openly with the mine operators.
"So far, from what I understand, the folks of Fruitland have not had that. They are really looking forward to this," Lichtenegger says. 
Lichtenegger introduced a bill in the State House that would give the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission the ability to deny a mining permit if the proposed site is located within one mile of a school, child care center, church, nursing home, public building, or cemetery.

Jacob McCleland, KRCU


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