Group protests quarry permit

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Catherine Jeffers, a Deerwood Drive resident, told state environmental officials Monday her house has been extensively damaged by the daily blasting operations of Harrod Concrete & Stone Co.

She and more than 15 other Franklin County residents, most of them from Hanly Lane and Deerwood Drive, asked officials from the state Department for Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to come look at their homes and inspect the damage before deciding to renew Harrod's mining permit.

Besides applying to get its mining permit renewed, Harrod is wanting to expand its mining operation from 543 underground acres to an additional 73 underground acres.

Monday evening's permit conference, conducted by state surface mining officials at the department's Hudson Hollow office, was to take public comments regarding the Harrod application for renewal and expansion.

Jeffers said she's a 65-year-old widow who is still working because of concerns about repairing her house.

"This is the only home I have," she said. "I have to protect it. I already know I have tens of thousands of dollars damage to my house. I don't want to work until I'm 75 to rebuild my house. But I may have to work that long to put it back together."

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