Opelika officials oppose construction of proposed granite quarry north of city limits; warn that water quality might be affected by its presence

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By Opelika Observer Staff

The public notice published that starts in the third column of this article was brought to the attention of the Observer by a concerned citizen who felt like the people of Opelika needed to know that the company named in the notice has applied for air and water permits for a proposed granite quarry. The notice was published on the ADEM website.www.adem.state.al.us.
“The site is on County Road 168 just off US Highway 431 north of Opelika. It’s not in Opelika city limits but our citizens and residents would be greatly impacted in a negative way if this is allowed. It is less than two miles from Saugahatchee Lake, which is the primary source for drinking water in our community. There are many residential neighborhoods that will be affected including National Village, Marriott Resort & Spa and the Grand National Golf Course,” said Mayor Gary Fuller in a statement.
“ADEM is only concerned about Air & Water. There are many other issues…noise, vibration, heavy trucks passing three of our public schools (Morris Avenue, Opelika High and Jeter Primary) as well as Southern Union Community College.”
Public notice
Alabama department of environmental management
Notice of application for: National pollutant discharge elimination system (npdes) permit and air permit
And request for comments
Lee County
Creekwood Resources, LLC, 2701 Mall Drive, Suite 7-102, Forence, AL 35630, has applied for air and water permits for a proposed granite quarry, known as Creekwood Resources, to be located 0.6 Miles from the intersection of Lee County Road 168 and US Highway 431, South of Lee County Road 168, Opelika, AL 36801.
Creekwood Resources, LLC has applied for issuance of a national pollutant discharge elimination system (npdes) permit, npdes permit number al0084018, for proposed discharges of treated drainage from a wet and dry preparation granite quarry and associated areas to groundwater, unnamed tributaries to sougahatchee creek (sougahatchee lake), and an unnamed tributary to sougahatchee creek, classified as fish and wildlife in the tallapoosa river basin. The department has tentatively determined that the proposed actions described in this notice are consistent with the water quality rules including the department’s anti-degradation rules.
Creekwood Resources, LLC, Inc. has also applied for an air permit, facility no. 206-0050, which would authorize the construction and operation of a granite crushing, screening, and conveying operation. Emissions of particulate matter would be minimized by the use of wet suppression. The department has determined that the equipment/operations proposed by the company should be able to meet state and federal air pollution control requirements.
The following are links to the proposed permits and the department’s permitting determinations and analyses:
Proposed air permit
Proposed npdes permit
Russell a. Kelly, Chief
Permits and services division – Adem
1400 Coliseum blvd.
[Mailing address: po box 301463 36130-1463] Montgomery, alabama 36110-2400
(334) 271-7714
Airmail@adem.Alabama.Gov
H2omail@adem.Alabama.Gov
Persons wishing to comment may do so, in writing, to the department’s named contact above within 30 days following the publication date of this notice. In order to affect final decisions, comments must offer technically substantial information that is applicable to the proposed applications or permits. All comments must be received in the adem main office in montgomery no later than 5:00 p.M. On the last day of the comment period.
A written request for a public hearing may also be filed within that 30-day period and must state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the hearing. The director shall hold a public hearing whenever it is found, on the basis of hearing requests, that there exists a significant degree of relevant public interest in the permit applications or draft permits.
After consideration of all written comments, review of any public hearing record, and consideration of the requirements of the alabama air pollution control act, the federal clean air act, the alabama pollution control act, the federal clean water act, and all other applicable regulations, the department will make a final determination. The department will develop a response to comments, which will become part of the public record and will be posted to the department’s efile system. Notice will be sent to any person requesting notice of the final action.
The administrative record for this action, along with other information on file, will be available in efile. Select media area “air” or “water,” enter the facility number shown above as the permit number, select document type “permitting”, and press search. The most recent documents will be listed at the top by default. The document type may also be left blank, which will list all available air or water files for this facility.
The department maintains a list of interested individuals who are emailed legal notices regarding proposed permits. If you wish to receive such notices, please sign up here by entering your email address on the left side of the page and clicking the submit button.
This notice is hereby given this 21st day of January, 2020, by authorization of the alabama department of environmental management.
Lance R. Lefleur,
Director
Nondiscrimination statement: the department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in the administration of its programs
A meeting for stakeholders in this project, including city and school officials, will be held Jan. 31 at City Hall at 9:30 a.m. Residents who live this near development are encouraged to attend.

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