Carmeuse Lime and Stone met with the public Tuesday night and answered questions about the impact a $45 million expansion project in Clear Brook.
One father at the meeting says he's not against expanding industries, but is concerned about his daughter's health.
For almost two decades, Mark Regan and his family have lived within sight of the Carmeuse Lime and Stone Facility in Clear Brook. Regan says he has some concerns.
"The expansion is bothering me because I figure there's going to be more traffic there," said Regan.
But that's not his only concern. Regan's daughter, Jackie, is nine years old and has asthma.
"I can't link it directly to that, but we do see some dust come off the top of there, but I'm not a hundred percent sure of it, but I will contact them next time I see any kind of smoke come off of there because they did say tonight to contact them the next time I see it," said Regan.
This was the purpose of Tuesday's meeting - for Carmeuse to listen to the concerns of residents and let them know what this project is all about.
"We like to get our neighbors involved in what we do here. We want them to know what's going on inside these gates and inside these trees and we want to ensure that they're a part of what we do here," said Carmeuse Lime and Stone Area Operations Manager James Bottom.
Right now, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is in the process of reviewing an application for an air permit for the proposed expansion.
"The permit will specify all the requirements that the facility has to meet. Including, air pollution control technology or any other requirements to meet the state and federal regulations, air pollution control regulations," said VA Dept. of Environmental Quality Janardan Pandey.
Once this permit is issued, Carmeuse is expecting to complete the expansion between 12 and 18 months, with construction beginning early next year.
"We have the opportunity to build these kilns in Pennsylvania and right now we're choosing to do that here in Virgina," said Bottom.
Bottom says, they're aiming to have lime produced through the two new kilns sometime in early to mid 2014.
Again, this expansion is expected to create 25 new jobs along with more than $30 million in taxable revenue for Frederick County.
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