By Kayla Carter
A water permit hearing tonight is Aggregates USA’s next step toward reopening a limestone quarry along Judge Ben Allen Road.
The company is seeking approval for a water permit through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Division of Water Resources’ Mining Section at a meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. in the main courtroom at the Carter County Courthouse.
An informational session will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. for anyone interested in reading the materials being presented later today.
TDEC’s public notice said the meeting is solely to consider the company’s request for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, and was set by the division because the local community expressed interest and concern.
“The purpose of the hearing is to gather information from the public relevant to the final decision on the permit application,” the notice said.
Sandra White, who lives in the Hunter community near the former quarry site, said this meeting is very important to the community.
“The people who live on Judge Ben Allen Road and Crockett Lane are fighting the reopening of the rock quarry,” said White.
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