Brooksville residents don't want more mining

Brooksville, Florida -- "We have seen beautiful deer out here," Kathy Tucker says of her back yard.

Kathy Tucker and husband Dewey have lived in their Brooksville home for nearly 33 years -- this is their retirement home.

"It's a nice neighborhood we like it here, we're very happy here," says Kathy.

So when Kathy received a letter in the mail informing them of a public meeting about Cemex's mining expansion, she thought, "Oh no."

The Tuckers fear the blasting from the mine could damage their home even damage their well water.

Kathy says, "I feel that you do want to be notified when there's going to be a hurricane, but to be notified when there is going to be a blast in your back yard and you have to prepare for things to maybe fall off the walls -- you don't want that."

"Cemex understands the blasting is an understandable concern. The type of blasting will be taken place will be well below levels that would cause any type of structure damage or any kind of damage to water wells," explains Sarah Engdahl, director of communications with Cemex.

"I worry about several things," says Cindy Dietrich, a retired nurse, who has her own concerns about the mine. "What they mine out of the ground, what they put into the hoppers and grind up are mercury, lead, they're all deadly to human beings, so all that goes into the air."

If the county does approve this mining expansion, Cemex tells 10 News they would start mining as early as 2019 and continue for 20 years after that.

The public meeting will be held Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Boulevard in Brooksville.


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