Saturday, May 26, 2007

The GRAVEL PIT--What it Means for Cary

On the Village of Cary website, you can view the Meyer Materials petition. Meyer wants to build a quarry---or, more appropriately---a gravel pit in land adjacent to the Fox Trails subdivision. According to the petition, this land is 240 acres (of which 108 is located in Cary) and will be used for mining operations until 2016. What does this mean for Cary?
  • The mining operations will be only 200 feet from property on the west portion of the Fox Trails subdivision
  • Heavy machinery will be used. This machinery includes: front-end loaders, hydraulic excavators, a conveyor system, a grizzly feeder and a jaw crusher to pulverize the larger pieces of stone.
  • Off-road trucks will be used to transport "overburden" materials.
The operation of the mine--from now until 2016--will be conducted from 6am to 6 pm Monday through Friday and 7am to 3pm on Saturday. That means that there will be 305 days a year of active mining. Over the course of the plan, that means

over 2745 days
and over 32,000 hours
of noise, dust and pollution!

We need to let the village know that this is unacceptable. Although we have experienced dust and noise from the farmland, this is nothing compared to the potential dust and noise from an active mining operation.

We are certain that the proposed mine will:
  • increase dust and noise in the neighborhoods near the mine
  • prove to be a safety hazard for children in the area
  • lower our property values
According to the Canadian environmental group, Gravel Watch,
Recent studies show that fine particulates pose a greater danger to our health than better known kinds of air pollution, such as smog, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide. There is incontrovertible evidence that increased PM 10 [fine dust, under 10 microns] is related to increases in cardiopulmonary disease, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pneumoconiosis and premature death in those with pre-existing conditions. The elderly and the young are most affected. Crystalline silica dust is common from processing sand and gravel and is a known carcinogen.

Click here to see an animation of what happens to the lungs when fine particulates are inhaled.

This is unacceptable. Join us as we oppose the the creation of this gravel pit.

If you would like to get involved, email us at


We have quickly created a flyer to put up in places around the neighborhood. It's important to raise awareness about this important issue and get people together.

The flyer is available for download. If you could print it out and put it up in your place of work, in storefronts or at your church, it will be greatly appreciated.

The flyer is in .pdf format and is available here.

Thank you.

If you have any questions or want to get involved, email us at

Friday, May 25, 2007

Welcome to the Stop the Quarry in Cary Website

After this week's meeting with Meyer Material Co. and the Village of Cary's Zoning Board, we decided that it was time to raise some voices. We do not feel that the proposed quarry is in the best interest of the citizens of Cary, Illinois.

We need to organize.

We need to let the Village know that this proposal is not acceptable.

We need to educate the community about the negative impact of the plan submitted by Meyer Material Company.

We need your help.

Sign the petition and check back often for updates.

Contact us at if you would like to get involved.