NC DEQ’s State Mining Program has reviewed the application Wake Stone submitted in April. As part of their review process, two virtual public hearings were held, first on June 23 and then another on July 7. All verbal and written comments from the public and from other state and federal agencies have been reviewed by NC Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources (DEMLR). Based on these comments and the State Mining Program’s own review of the application, DEMLR has responded to Wake Stone with a request for additional information, including some additional studies to be performed. Wake Stone is currently in the process of compiling this information and conducting these studies.