Martin Marietta Materials plans to dump into Blounts Creek

(North Carolina)  —  Martin Marietta Materials has applied for a discharge permit to dump groundwater and stormwater directly into Blounts Creek.

One person close to the situation tells me we are talking about 12 million gallons of discharge a day. I don’t profess to be an expert on the matter, but that doesn’t sound really healthy, or harmless, for the environment, and specifically Blounts Creek. (Filed documents say the average discharge would be about 9 million gallons a day, but could increase to 11 million on some days.)

Blounts Creek is about 10 miles southeast of Washington, just east of NC 33. It runs about five-miles long, northward to the Pamlico River at Blounts Bay. Dozens of smaller tributaries, running through pine forests and farmland, empty into it. A pristine estuary and fishery, it’s a beautiful gem unspoiled by commercial development. If you have been to BSA Camp Bonner, you crossed Blounts Creek, at its mouth at Blounts Bay, which is an impressive sight!

Concerned citizens, who live and fish in and around Blounts Creek, are up-in-arms about the proposal, as you can imagine. I have been hearing about this from Bob Daw for quite some time. Bob and I have been trying to coordinate a visit so he can give me a firsthand look at the situation.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at Beaufort County Community College, Building 8-Auditorium. The address is 5337 Highway 264 East, Washington. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for speaker registration and sign-in.

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