Vulcan’s South Carolina quarry progresses slowly

Vulcan Materials bid to open the $40 million quarry near Lexington, South Carolina, continues to draw public opposition, but preliminary reports say the quarry can operate without being a nuisance, reports the State.com.

Vulcan Materials in Olympia, South Carolina near downtown Columbia is one of the largest quarries in the state. The quarry crushes granite and sells it as gravel for concrete and asphalt, It has been mined for 125 years.

Vulcan wants to open a replacement in western Lexington County. State officials are reviewing the plan after preliminary reports say the quarry can operate without being a nuisance. A final decision is expected in January.

Vulcan officials insist their practices minimize problems, especially with limited blasting to loosen stone. “We take pride in being a good neighbor,” company general manager Elliott Botzis told a public meeting this week.

Lexington County officials widened landscape buffers and rerouted trucks to reduce potential problems for nearby residents. Vulcan will supply water to surrounding homes if an unexpected problem with wells develops – even if the cause is unknown, Botzis said.

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