At the public meeting on May 4th King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER) encouraged the public to respond to DPER with any “questions” you may have about the Quarry expansion proposal. You can ask questions anytime until a determination is made, but DPER encouraged everyone to ask their questions before May 27th. That is because the DPER staff will start working on their review of the Quarry proposal by the end of May.
Providing a strong public response will improve our ability to influence the permit process and hopefully prevent the quarry expansion. Thank you to those who have already provided a response! You can help in several ways:
What follows are a few examples of issues that you can address with each of these groups. Our suggestion is to personalize your questions and comments:
King County Council is the government group that creates the policies and regulations that the Quarry must follow. These regulations include what conditions a quarry must meet while operating in our community such as the strength of blasting, dust and many others related to the environment. They are also the group that makes zoning decisions including what properties can be a quarry.
DPER is responsible for making a determination if the quarry’s plan is sufficient to expand their mine. They review all the pertinent regulations, the quarry’s plans, issues that would result from an operating quarry and public concerns. This group will also focus on the impact the quarry has on the environment:
Fred White and Harold Taniguchi
Both of these groups address the impact of traffic issues due to the quarry.
Please send your questions soon and please send a copy to our group at . The more questions and comments you make the more attention and review this proposal will receive by governmental groups.
Please note the ANSWER from DPER regarding property issues:
24._The quarry operator shall be responsible for any damage to nearby properties, including domestic water supply wells, attributable to blasting on the subject property. Claims for any such damage shall be the responsibility of the affected property owner and the quarry operator to handle directly between themselves, but a failure of the quarry operator to respond in good faith to any such claim may be cause for denial of future grading permits, or prohibition or restriction upon future blasting.