On March 1 at the Waterford Conservation Commission meeting regarding the application for the proposed rock crushing and mining operation on Industrial Drive by Kobyluck Brothers, a new piece of information came to light. The town's third party reviewers stated that the amount of dust that will be produced will be between 150,000 to 200,000 pounds per year. That ends up equaling between 12 to 17 12,000-pound dump-truck loads.
Besides the volume of dust is its composition. Much of the bedrock that is to be excavated and processed contains silica. Silica is a known carcinogen and causes a condition called Silicosis. This dust can travel a mile or more before settling. There will be a long period of time where there will be no containment building surrounding the processing equipment allowing this dust to travel far and wide.
There are too many downsides to this facility and no upsides for the town, people, property, flora and fauna living in or around Waterford. The potential for environmental damage to Jordan Brook and all of the surrounding area and towns and people's health is too high. The next meeting is March 22.