Eastern Industries, a division of New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co, has applied for a permit to increase water discharge from its Maxatawny Township quarry.
If granted, the revised permits would allow the company to increase water discharge to 12,000 gallons per minute from 5,000 gallons per minute, a 140 percent increase.
Kutztown Borough Council has directed its engineers to analyze a proposed expansion of the Kutztown Quarry in neighboring Maxatawny Township.
Edwin K Seyler, who chairs the borough water and wastewater committee, said pumping additional water suggests the company intends to deepen its mining operations.
The quarry is several miles from the borough’s wells, but Kutztown has an agreement that regulates the amount of water pumped from the quarry, Seyler said.
“We’re concerned about the impact on our wells,” he said. “We have to protect our water source.”
New Enterprise Stone & Lime, which has offices in Lehigh County, could not be reached for comment on its plans for the quarry.
In its application to DEP, the company requests to renew and revise existing permits regulating the amount of water pumped from the quarry into Saucony Creek.