Citizens learn more about proposed sand mine expansion

Published: Aug. 30, 2016 at 2:51 AM EDT
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Some citizens said they're more open to the idea of a sand mine expansion after a public information meeting Monday.

S.T. Wooten Corporation has applied to add about 80 acres to the existing sand mine facility on Sutton Lake Road.

The new materials would be used to create asphalt.

Some environmental groups were worried about the mine's activities affecting nearby water quality, but one advocate believes that's no longer an issue.

"I feel better," Mike Giles, North Carolina Coastal Federation coastal advocate, said. "I think the company has gone back and gone to the drawing board. They listened to the public. They listened to planning board member Dave Weaver who asked the question, 'Can you not do wet mining?' And they've come back with a proposal that I think the county can live with, and the community can live with, and S.T. Wooten can live with."

There will be a public hearing during September's New Hanover County Commissioners' meeting to consider approving a special use permit for the project.

If approved, construction could begin later this year.

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