Final arguments in Anderson Twp. over proposed mine

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX10) - A fiery exchange took place at an Anderson Township Board Of Zoning meeting Monday.

Both sides in a long-running argument blasted each other over a proposed underground mine.

This was the last time Martin Marietta Materials and the group C.A.B.O.O.M., or Citizens Against Blasting On Our Miami, will meet outside a court of law.

The board gave both sides one hour each to take their final punches.

There wasn't a seat left in the house, as the board heard arguments.

"Our property actually abuts Martin Marietta's property," said Cathy Burger of CABOOM. "Directly across the street from the underground mine site."

Burger pointed to a large map her group had brought in to show just how huge an area they are talking about. Not just her property, but the mine would impact several nearby communities as well.

Indian Hill's rep even took a hammer and tried to show how a red, square peg did not fit into a round hole in a piece of wood he'd brought with him, symbolizing the fit with their community.

Cathy Burger pointed to photos of Carmel, Indiana. "You can clearly see the dust on the streets, clearly see the dust in the air," Burger said. "Right across the street is Riverside Park, which is part of Anderson Township, 80-thousand people visit that park every year, we're talking 80-thousand sets of lungs."

There are concerns over limestone dust, potential water contamination, and foundation troubles. Hundreds of anti-mine supporter wore bright red and black stickers, with a "no blasting" slogan on their shirts.

"A fair reading of the evidence would actually support this application," said Martin Marietta Materials Attorney, Richard Brahm. "It meets all the terms and requirements for zoning resolution."

Brahm said they've met every condition the zoning board has mandated.

"There's 3,200 pages of transcripts," said Tim Mara, CABOOM attorney. "I'd like to see where, in those pages, are the answers to those questions."

"This isn't a popularity contest," said Brahm. "This is the application of the law to conditions, this is not a public meeting, it is a public hearing."

"There may be as much as 1 billion dollars worth of limestone down there," said Mara. "So obviously they're motivated to appeal a negative decision, we're concerned about the effect on health, public health for children, the parks nearby, property values, the future of this community, we're motivated to appeal."

It may be until March before the zoning board makes its ruling. Both sides have already said, no matter what happens, they will both appeal and see each other again in court, before the year is out.

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