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Homeowners near Wildwood try to stop gravel operation from opening nearby

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WILDWOOD, Mo (KMOV.com) - Residents who live just south of Eureka are trying to stop a company from opening a gravel and sand mining operation near their homes.

Winter Brothers Material Company is asking for permission to mine 600 acres of land they own. The land is currently a farm field, but it sits on top of gravel and sand mines. Many residents are concerned about the impact such an operation could have on their health.

“There is dust associated with loading and unloading, and trucks in and out. We worry about the effect of the dust on the health of people with breathing problems,” said resident Dr. Stephen Sanders. “If there was contamination of well water, that is our only source.”

Some are also concerned about traffic.

“At the I-44 and 109 area, they are predicting 20 to 25 trucks per hour,” said Jackie Sanders.

Winter Brothers Materials Company previously wanted to open a minein Eureka, but Eureka's government did not allow to happen.

The company did not return News 4's repeated calls. There will be a public hearing on the proposed mine at the St. Louis County Government Center May 4.
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