Vulcan battles for South Carolina quarry

The fight over Vulcan’s planned rock quarry in western Lexington County, South Carolina continues.

It’s been underway for nearly two years now as Vulcan Materials moves forward with plans to mine a 500-acre site

A majority of Lexington County Council voted January 27 in favor of Vulcan Materials’ petition to close Stutman Road, a dirt road that runs through the site and connects with US Highway 1.

That move was strongly opposed by those opposed to the mine.coalition. Under South Carolina law, the final decision on the road closing will still have to be approved by a court.

Lexington County Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat says rock quarries are a necessary operation for construction needs and should not be prohibited from operating if they have the necessary safeguards in place.

The quarry would produce stone used in asphalt and concrete. It will bring approximately two dozen jobs along with about $30 million in capital investment after it opens, possibly in 2016.

Vulcan, the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates, oversees 15 sites in South Carolina, including a site in the Olympia area, which is expected to close in a few years.

Vulcan officials have said they expect local opposition in surrounding communities, just as there is when any new business project comes into a community. But their leaders say they always attempt to assure the community that proper safeguards are in place to protect the environment.


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