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Proposed limestone quarry near Prince George worries locals

06/26/2013 12:15 EDT | Updated 08/26/2013 05:12 EDT
Some residents in a rural community east of Prince George are worried about a proposed limestone quarry and processing plant.

An environmental assessment is currently underway for Graymont’s proposed 70-hectare open pit quarry and processing plant near Giscome.

But some residents are worried about how the quarry will impact the environment and their quality of life.

Resident Catherine Kendall is worried about the dust produced when limestone is crushed.

"There's this consistent dust in the air that lingers and clings to everything ... We would be immersed in the yellow cloud, and of course that's concerning,” she said.

“We chose to live out here to not have to breathe Prince George air from pulp mills and refineries."

Kendall is also concerned about the increased traffic from trucks transporting material from the quarry.

"We have a new school being built this fall, which is right next to the exit of where these trucks are going to come out of."

Graymont is holding a number of information sessions in the community this week. The company hopes to submit an application to the B.C. Environment Assessment office by mid-summer, and have the quarry up and running by 2016.

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