Residents of New Windsor, Maryland, USA, are hoping that a public hearing will be granted by the US Army Corps of Engineers on a permit application by Lehigh Cement Co in relation to the development of its New Windsor quarry.
The Corps first held a formal public comment period last year, but residents have continued to comment on the impact the development could have on streams and wetlands. Therefore, there remains the possibility that a new public notice could be put out, Landmark Community Newspaper reports.
Kent Martin, plant manager for Lehigh Cement in Union Bridge, said the permit would cover the expansion of the New Windsor quarry as well as all work associated with both the conveyor belt and rail spur transportation options, of which the company has not yet made a decision.
Martin said his company has been in communication with the Army Corps of Engineers over the past two years and said the process will continue.
“Lehigh continues to respond to questions from the Army Corps of Engineers and is working closely with them on this project,” Martin said. “Whether or not a public hearing is required is at the discretion of the Army Corps of Engineers.”