- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Opposition is mounting to a proposed expansion of a limestone quarry in western South Dakota’s scenic Black Hills that’s on the main tourist route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Iowa-based concrete supplier Croell Redi-Mix Inc. is seeking a construction permit from Pennington County to expand the Perli Quarry southwest of Rapid City. County planners earlier recommended approval, but area residents appealed.

At a hearing on Wednesday, representatives of the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Black Hills and Badlands Tourism Association, the Rockerville Fire Department and others spoke out against the proposal and asked the board to deny the permit.

“I support the mining industry,” resident Duane Abata said. “What I am opposed to, of course, is the location of this mine.”

Only one person, Larry Newman, spoke in favor of the mine expansion, saying ranchers and residents have been using gravel from the site for years and criticizing opponents for their “imaginary right to scenic view.”

Opponents fear spoiled scenic views, an increase in traffic and harm to the environment. Croell has said it has complied with all state and local laws, and attorney Richard Pluimer during the hearing said the appeal of the permit is too broad and touches on issues unrelated to the permit.

The County Commission postponed a decision on the permit until at least March 15.

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