Multiple environmental impacts
The permitting of a rock quarry is relatively easy, in and of itself. However, the permitting of multiple environmental impacts, all of which interact with each other, can be highly challenging and must be coordinated and managed together rather than individually. Our client planned to construct a new rock quarry in order to help meet the need for construction aggregates throughout the southeastern United States. The site he selected involved impacts to multiple jurisdictional wetlands and streams, impacts to a rare Piedmont plantation, relocation of two county roads, the construction of a new bridge on a state highway, several miles of new rail, multiple state and local storm water permits, as well an air quality permit. Due to the complexity and degree of impacts, our client had spent seven years trying to navigate a dozen different permits, but was still unable to make the project a reality.