Area Residents Raise Concerns at CEMEX Meeting

Jul 27, 2011

Xenia Twp. Residents attended a public meeting with global building materials company, CEMEX, in force Tuesday night to voice concerns over the company's proposed mining project.

At the meeting, CEMEX officials stated the proposed zoning change and limestone mining would not negatively affect area residents. Officials added the rezoning from agricultural land to mineral extraction would be done with limited, licensed blasts and no blasting would take place closer than 500 feet from a home.

Attorney for CEMEX, Catherine Cunningham, said the company will meet or exceed state standards and regulations and added reclamation projects after the mining ends would be satisfactory to area residents.

Those opposing the application raised issues of shaking houses, structural damage, noise, dust, well water, property value concerns, a natural gas pipeline in the area and CEMEX's previous violations and fines in Fairborn and other locations.

Willie Washington, a Xenia Twp. Zoning Commission member, decided to continue the public meeting on Sept. 20. Any vote on the zoning change application would be done by the Xenia Twp. Board of Trustees in a later meeting.

The mining project is slated to begin in 2019 if the application succeeds.