Soil Board issues quarry blasting permit in Freetown, Massachusetts

| Published on May 3, 2013

Blasting operation, though not at Cap Cod Aggregates' quarry.

Blasting operation, though not at Cap Cod Aggregates’ quarry.

The Soil Conservation Board in Freetown, Massachusetts, issued a blasting permit to Cape Cod Aggregates for its quarry operation on Bryant Street, according to the Taunton Daily Gazette.

The Soil Board issued the permit following a state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) study that tested nearby wells for perchlorate and found contamination levels to be favorable. Among the 23 wells the DEP tested, about half had no perchlorates and half had levels below the limit.

Since the study, residents have continued to express concerns about the quarry’s impact upon the nearby river and water flow.

The Soil Board issued the permit with 26 conditions. The permit expires in December.

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