06-22-2008, 09:26 PM #1
Help needed to control mining in residential areas
The Zonning Board of Adjustments will meet this Thursday, June 26, at 6:00 PM at South Walton Annex to approve or deny a development order for Azland Mining/ Lee Perry to operate a sand and clay mine on Rock Hill Road. This heavy industrial type activity can now be permitted in Walton County on any piece of property with agricultural zoning. This allows mines to operate essentially in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Mining operations are very difficult to regulate, especially when the rules for operating them are as vague and poorly conceived as they are in Walton County. Many residents of Rock Hill Road area have joined together to encourage the county to not permit any mining operations until critical safety and environmental issues can be understood and carefully regulated. The long term, potentially irreversible environmental damage from mining will affect all of us, not just Rock Hill Road. Lee Perry's proposed mine sits right on top of the aquifer supplying drinking water for South Walton. The county has begun to realize how out of control this problem has become and we really feel they need to do a lot more research before allowing any new mining activity. Please support this effort by attending the meeting on June 26.
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