Stop Blasting in Belmont
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To remove rock from a construction site across from Quarry Park, developers have proposed the use of explosives – 48 times in 6+ weeks. Among the methods available to break-up rock, only blasting is certain to cause underground vibrations. While the full effects may not be visible for years, it is certain that vibrations can crack foundations, walls and infrastructure more than 1/2 mile from the site.
Developers have failed to comply with VA Admin Codes in their permit application. Their request to clear the site in this manner places the economic risk of rock removal on the doorsteps of nearby property owners. The related consequences for the neighborhood could be devastating for years to come. Most importantly, blasting in this densely populated area puts the health, safety and general welfare of the public in jeopardy.
Only the developer benefits if blasting is permitted; the known risks are assumed by all others living, working and playing nearby – without consultation or representation.
We ask you to support City officials and staff in their efforts to protect the public interest and infrastructure. The permit to conduct blasting operations at Belmont Point must be denied. Other developer requests to blast in populated areas should be considered under proposed ordinances designed to ensure public safety and preserve the economic integrity of the neighborhood. Attend upcoming City Council meetings: July 2nd and August 6th.
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