- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - A northwestern Indiana official says work may resume on a quarry along the Kankakee River.

Lake County Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr. said Wednesday he was lifting a stop-work order against a 600-acre limestone quarry that Singleton Stone LLC has proposed near the intersection of Interstate 65 and State Route 2.

Emerson took the action Wednesday after reviewing and approving new plans for redesigned ponds to hold ground water that will be pumped from the quarry near Lowell, The (Munster) Times reported (https://bit.ly/1RlB96G ). The ponds had to be relocated to avoid damaging historic artifacts, he said. Workers last summer found human remains believed to be from prehistoric communities.

Opponents of the quarry, about 60 miles southeast of Chicago, have argued it would hurt the Kankakee River ecosystem. Linda Cosgrove, a Lowell resident who contends the pumping could dry local wells and flood drainage ditches, called Emerson’s decision “absolutely ridiculous.”

Singleton Stone parent company Reith-Riley Construction Co. did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Thursday.

A permit approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management allows Singleton Stone to pump between 12 million and 52 million gallons of water per day down the man-made Singleton Ditch tributary to the Kankakee River, which flows in Illinois and Indiana. Singleton Stone officials have said the quarry will rarely discharge more than 12 million gallons and most likely will pump significantly less, in the range of 2 million to 3 million per day.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.thetimesonline.com


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