Missouri DNR considers sand quarry proposal in Ste. Genevieve County

June 5, 2013

The proposed quarry would be located on Colony Church Road at the end of Trogdan Road. (Photo: Google Maps)
The proposed quarry would be located on Colony Church Road at the end of Trogdan Road. (Photo: Google Maps)

The Missouri Department of Resources (DNR) will soon decide how to proceed with Summit Proppants’ application to build a sand quarry in Ste. Genevieve County, according to the Ste. Genevieve Herald.

The proposed quarry would be located on 75 acres of land on Colony Church Road at the end of Trogdan Road. The company already owns about 26 acres of the land and has agreements to lease another 48 from the property owners.

Summit Proppants Vice President of Operations Mark Rust said last month at a public hearing for the application that the quarry would operate a single shift with eight to 10 employees as well as contract blasting, excavating and other services with local companies, which he expects to hire 20 more full-time employees for quarry operations.

The quarry would operate Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays as needed. Blasting would take place every other day either from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The operation would produce medium to coarse sand, with the majority being 0.210 millimeters and a small portion at 0.037 millimeters.

Rust said the operation would produce about 300,000 tons of sand per year, to be shipped out through the Port of New Bourbon or by rail from Bismarck. Rust added that 50 truckloads of sand–100 one-way trips–each day of business would be part of the operation.

Residents living near the property expressed concerns regarding noise, truck traffic, public safety, blasting, stream and wildlife, groundwater, air quality, health and property value.

Rust said vegetation and earthen beams will decrease noise from the plant. He added that mufflers and smart backup alarms would keep noise from trucks at an appropriate decibel level.

Regarding truck traffic, Rust said the County Commission would regulate paving and maintenance–paid for by Summit Proppants–on Trogdan Road on which the trucks would travel, while the company would ensure truck firms operate safely or risk losing their contracts with Summit Proppants. The speed limit in the area may also be reduced if the residents deem it necessary.

To ensure public safety, Rust said the plant’s entrance would be gated and the perimeter would be secured with some sort of barrier.

Rust said a local company would perform blasting operations using minimal explosives store off-site, and Summit Proppants would conduct a pre-blasting survey in a range that is eight times beyond state regulations.

In regards to wildlife and the environment, Rust said the operation is expected to affect about 5 acres of ground each year, which will be reclaimed the third year after mining. Additionally, the quarry is not expected to affect the deer population.

Rust said the company will store more than 2 million gallons of water on site and recycle all of its wash water in addition to monitoring the plant’s impact on area wells.

To reduce the likelihood of the mined sand becoming airborne, the plant will produce sand with 10 percent moisture content. No dry milling or processing will take place.

Tractor trailer emissions are expected to amount to 13 pounds of diesel annually.

Summit Proppants has applied for an air quality permit for the quarry.

In response to questions about property value, Rust said he did not expect the plant to cause dust problems for nearby residents.

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