Tennessee’s Old Hickory Quarry gets OK on air quality

A quarry in Old Hickory, Tennessee has been given the OK by the Metro Health Department.

The department says in a report that the proposed new limestone quarry on 711 Burnett Road, Old Hickory, Tennessee meets air-pollution control requirements.

Fighting the quarry on air quality standards was a last-gasp effort for many in the Old Hickory area who have been fighting the quarry for more than two years.

Last month, a judge ruled that a Metro Council ordinance designed to quash the quarry did not apply to the project because the landowners had vested property rights.

Earlier this summer, the state issued water-quality permits over objections of residents. A law which would have stopped the quarry failed to pass the state legislature.

Early on, opposition to the project was based on dangers blasting at the site on Burnett Road would have to nearby Old Hickory Dam.

Rep. Jim Cooper was on the forefront of the charge, though the Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the dam, said blasting posed no threat. And while blasting dangers got most of the attention, residents repeatedly worried about noise, pollution and general disruption of the quality of life in the quaint corner of Davidson County.

Nevertheless, the Public Health Department says that if the quarry’s operator — Industrial Land Development — follows certain requirements, there is nothing in the project preventing it moving forward on air quality standards.

“The primary concern is with dust from blasting operations and vehicular traffic. We are requiring the company to pave key roads, ensure frequent cleaning of roads, and institute appropriate wet?suppression technologies. MPHD will deploy resources needed to ensure adequate monitoring of Air Pollution related activities in this site during construction and operation. These control measures should reduce exposures to levels that are not expected to present a significant risk to the public,” the report issued Thursday states.

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