Residents on the southern end of Birdsboro, PA found their cars and parts of their homes covered in dust as a result of a malfunction at the Birdsboro Materials quarry.
A water-based dust suppression system at the quarry froze in the early morning hours Wednesday and as a result of the time it took to repair the issue, dust migrated away from the plant and into the borough, according to Tony Jeremias, external affairs coordinator for Haines & Kibblehouse, which manages the quarry.
Area residents, however, say this isn’t the first time that dust has found its way to their homes as a result of the quarry.
Jeremias said a lot of the problems stem from truck traffic, which the quarry has no way to control, and others are simply a result of conditions.
“If it’s windy and dry, it’s a very difficult thing to control,” Jeremias said. “It’s not out of the ordinary, we absolutely try our best, but conditions are difficult sometimes, and stuff fails and breaks.”