The Alamance County courthouse in Graham
There’s no timeline for when plans for a controversial crushed-stone mine in Alamance County can move forward, according to a spokesperson for a department of the state.
The state has yet to approve the permit, but the county gave Alamance Aggregates the green light to start a mine in Snow Camp. The group that is opposing the mine, No Snow Camp Mine, maintains that the local water will be impacted by the mine. Others have expressed concerns that it could affect air quality and be a noise nuisance.
Crushed stone is a form of construction aggregate normally produced by mining a suitable rock deposit and breaking the removed rock down to the desired size using crushers.
“Historically, we’ve seen a lot of community engagement when new mines or facilities are being built,” said Zaynab Nasif, public information officer for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. “I can’t speak to why this specific mine would garner more attention than others.
The attorney for Alamance Aggregates, Thomas Terrell, said mine opponents’ claim that it would use exorbitant amounts of water and depleting water sources is misinformation.