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By Meghan Sparks

A new rock quarry for Harmony fuels concerns

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HARMONY, MN (FOX 47) -- "I'm all for prosperity and bringing business in, but not business in that's going to destroy a community."

Evelyn DePunteney doesn't want to see a new quarry built in Harmony. She says the old quarry has already caused cracks in her 100-year-old home and during blasts clouds her well water. She worries if a new quarry is built, life in Harmony will forever change.

"Blasting they can so that it's not so big of a noise but nevertheless it will still cause a quiver in the earth," says Depunteney.

The proposed site for Bruening Rock Products would be off of County Road 22, about a half a mile from the city limits.

"I was concerned that things were going to rumble, what's going to happen?"

Jean Ingvalson just opened up a new antique shop and says she was worried at first, but after attending the Planning Commission's meeting last week feels reassured.

"I'm feeling quite positive. There's still a little bit of me that is concerned and I guess time will tell," says Ingvalson.

DePunteney says the county should have better informed the residents about the project and is hoping they will consider conducting an environmental impact statement.

"If we're safe fine, but if we're not we should know about it before the first boom goes off," says DePunteney.

The Fillmore Clounty Planning Commission did vote to recommend approval for the County Board of Commissioners but only if three standards are met: a well survey must be done, the floor of the quarry must be raised 20 feet and a geological survey must be completed.

The County Board will meet on December 2.

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