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Dinwiddie neighbors battle proposed 300+ acre rock quarry

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Neighbors in Dinwiddie will sound-off over a proposed rock quarry, which would take up more than 300 acres near Frontage Road. The mining company Luck Stone is applying for a permit to dig, creating asphalt and concrete plants in the process.

Neighbors fear heavy traffic, well water drying up, property values plummeting, historical sites getting disrupted, and potentially cancer-causing silica dust in the air. 

Charles Wilson's land would be surrounded by the quarry. He says most families nearby are concerned about hundreds of big trucks hauling through.

"I don't think anybody is for it (the quarry). They're all concerned about the traffic, especially the ones who have small children with the school buses," said Wilson.

Ben Thompson, the land development director for Luck Stone, provided this statement on the Dinwiddie quarry proposal:

"Luck Stone is a family-owned and values-based company that focuses on making a difference in others lives and ensuring the long-term success of our customers and communities. As part of our commitment to our neighbors, environment and community, Luck Stone advocates safety on all levels resulting in operating well below thresholds established by Federal and State Code.

We are excited about the many opportunities available in Dinwiddie and believe the County's planning and geographic position has it poised for great success. We look forward to contributing to the County's goals of smart planning and economic growth by creating a positive impact through job creation, revenue generation and support of existing community businesses (public and private)."

Tonight's public hearing on the proposed quarry starts at 7 p.m. at Dinwiddie High School.

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