Friday, January 28, 2011

Land Reclamation Commission postpones decision on Fruitland quarries

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - The Missouri Land Reclamation Commission reached a no decision on Thursday regarding the fate of two quarries proposed for Fruitland.

The Commission heard an entire day of testimony from nearly 30 people concerning the quarries. Testimony was heard from both sides regarding concerns about the two quarries and their proximity to Saxony Lutheran High School and residential areas in Fruitland. Citizens from the area brought up health concerns regarding dust from the quarries and the potential impact it would have on the high school and community.

The Commission will reconvene today in a closed session in order to decide whether or not to grant formal hearings regarding the two quarry permit proposals. A formal hearing would mean more in-depth testimony in front of an independent hearing officer who would deliver a final recommendation on the permit proposals to the Land Reclamation Commission.

A decision could be reached as early as Friday.

Katie Long


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