EUREKA, Mo. - Homeowners in Eureka are fighting to keep their green space. They fear a proposed sand and gravel mining plant will increase traffic and create noise and air pollution.
The proposed site for the plant is just south of the Route 66 State Park right off Interstate 44, east of Eureka. Some say the park and residential areas will be negatively impacted by this mining operation.
Just six months ago Stephen Sanders and his family moved near the Meramec River for the beauty, but now a proposed mining operation may block his views.
"From 6 a.m. to either 4 or 10 p.m. there will be mining operations, that's something that we could hear or see the dust," said Sanders.
In order for Winter Brothers Material Company to build the mining plant, Eureka zoning officials have to rezone 270 acres area from residential to floodplain. Residents are worried about noise and air pollution and increased traffic flow.
The attorney for the company says they have noise ordinances they must follow, a new road will keep traffic out of the neighborhoods and the plant is located strategically.
"The bluff is about 100 feet high, so we purposely located the plant below the bluff enough to be used as a shield in the residential area," said Greg Hoffman, the company's attorney.
Joe Hoffmann says he trusts the company to be environmentally friendly and the end result will be worth it.
"It will benefit the area, there will be a net gain of wetland areas and parkland in the end," he said.
After the 30-40 year project the company will most likely donate the lakes for recreational purpose.