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EDGERTON, KS (KCTV) -
Some Johnson County residents think additional blasting at a quarry is damaging their homes.
The Edgerton Rock Quarry has been operating for nearly 30 years just east of Edgerton. Residents say the business has stepped up blasting in recent months, and it's created damage. Some residents are exploring their legal options.
Monica Carroll said she first noticed cracks in her new tile while washing dishes. To her consternation, more cracks continued to form in the coming days.
"When they do the blast, you hear the initial blasts and you feel the explosion and then there's a shock wave that comes after," she said.
Mike Sleister says his home's foundation was poured five years ago, and it already has 16 new cracks.
"I checked with the foundation companies and they even said there shouldn't be anything like that happening," he said.
Todd Cameron said the cracks in his home just sprouted six months ago. He said he contacted the quarry, but got an unsatisfactory response.
"I get the same story. The same piece of paper showing a range from here to here and they're right in the middle," he said. "Every time I get it."
The Johnson County fire inspector has reviewed the blasting levels, and determined the levels were satisfactory.
"To date, the quarry has not violated any county regulations based off of their seismograph readings," Johnson County building official Jerry Mallory said.
County officials want to work with the quarry to redesign the way they blast and potentially cut back on some of the blasting.
The quarry blasts about five times a week.
The company issued the following statement:
Mid-States Materials takes great pride in complying with all applicable occupational and environmental regulations. Our operations are highly regulated, not only for the protection and well being of our employees, but also the community at large. Each blasting event at the Edgerton Quarry is meticulously planned, documented and recorded by seismic readings, and carried out by licensed blasting professionals. We are extremely proud to report full and complete compliance with respect to our Edgerton operations, with seismic readings well below local, state and federal requirements.
The city of Edgerton has received numerous complaints and have posted a link on their website to their blasting regulations help answer any questions. Click here.
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:14:19 GMT
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