On April 5, Wake Stone proactively contacted N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) officials to request a voluntary inspection after a video posted to social media erroneously claimed that the Company was “illegally discharging sediment into Crabtree Creek.”
The DEQ inspection report confirmed that Wake Stone is not in violation of any permits nor are we discharging process water into Crabtree Creek. Regulators determined that, “The water used in washing the stone is confined within a closed-loop system. Because of this closed-loop approach, none of the process water ever has an opportunity to leave the site.”
Additionally, the inspector concluded, “…no violations either of the mining permit or NPDES Stormwater permit…I further observed that the visual quality in the stream flowing from the North Pond was virtually indistinguishable from visual quality of the water flowing in Crabtree Creek just upstream of the confluence of these two channels.”
Wake Stone has a 38-year proven record of upholding the highest environmental and regulatory standards at the Triangle Quarry. We have a long history of operating right next door to Umstead State Park with a stellar record – not one single permit violation.
A full version of the DEQ inspection report can be downloaded here: Inspection Report