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Judge Set To Decide On RDU Quarry Case

Sign that reads 'Stop RDU Quarry.'
Jason DeBruyn / WUNC
Signs opposing the proposed rock quarry on airport land have popped up around Wake and Durham counties.

A court decision on whether to build a contentious rock quarry in Wake County is expected within a week. The planned site for the quarry is a strip of forested land nestled alongside Umstead Park in Raleigh.

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority oversees the land and wants to lease the property out to the local mining company Wake Stone to help generate income for airport development plans. But a number of local residents and organizations have mobilized against the change. The terrain is a haven for local hikers and mountain bikers. Two groups, The Umstead Coalition and Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC), have asked for an injunction against Wake Stone’s operation. In response, a Wake County Superior Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order against quarry development and is expected to rule on the case within a week.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Jason deBruyn, WUNC’s data reporter, for the latest in the battle over the contested woodland.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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