Blasting to Resume
The temporary ban on quarry blasting has been lifted and a blast is anticipated this afternoon, August 28th. Randy Sandin from the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER) had requested a geotechnical evaluation be completed after the last blast on July 27, 2017.
Per Randy Sandin, DPER Product Line Manager:
"'One of DPER's engineering geologists reviewed the site and the geotechnical evaluation and he concurs with the study results and the geotechnical engineer's recommendations. As a result, I informed the quarry yesterday that blasting activities were allowed to resume provided the recommendations of the geotechnical engineer are implemented, subject to the following:
I also informed the quarry operators that if there was a recurrence of the July 27, 2017 rock/debris fall, or similar incident, resulting from future blasting activities, the mining plan for this quarry may need to be further modified. I was informed this morning that there is a blast planned for next Monday but not in the vicinity of the slope above the Raging River."
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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.