May 26, 2014
Millington Quarry could start trucking soil to its quarry in Bernards Township, New Jersey, following the quarry owners’ agreement with the Bernards Township Committee.
The committee approved an agreement last month that would allow Millington Quarry to bring in up to 150 trucks of soil per day to reclaim the site for residential use, TheAlternativePress.com reports.
Designed to settle a six-year legal dispute, the agreement has not yet taken effect, but is expected to do so soon, according to the report.
The litigation began in 2008 when property owner Millington Quarry Inc. (MQI) sued the township over an order to stop importing soil. In 2005, the township had ordered MQI to pad the site with topsoil as part of its reclamation plan. However, contaminants were found in some of the topsoil, and the township ordered the quarry to stop importing soil.
The agreement reached last month allows the quarry to import soil again, limiting the site’s imported soil to no more than 300,000 cubic yards for its 2011 rehabilitation plan, according to the report. It also requires the site to test soil at its origin, send a copy of soil reports to township experts and allow the township to test some materials entering the quarry.