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Emotions run high at hearing for sand mining expansion

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About 50 people are in attendance for a public hearing at the Clayton County Office Building.

It's regarding the rezoning of Pattison Sand Company. The frac sand company wants to rezone 746 acres of land from agricultural to heavy industrial.

This doesn't come without the opposition from some community members. "What is the rush to approve this zoning now?" asked Kay Vifian.

Their concerns range from safety and health, to environmental.

Pattison reps say it will be an economic boost to the area, bringing hundreds of well paying jobs. Most of those at the hearing dressed in orange vests, representing the sand mining company.

"They simply want to continue doing what they've been doing for many years," said one of their advisers.

The constant battle over the expansion causing emotions to run high. "All of us have been friends for a very long time, and do not mean for our concerns to be taken as personal attacks against our neighbors, but merely protecting and expressing our concerns for how this decision impacts us. We are property owners, as  well," Vifian added.

Some neighbors are upset that the rezoning was recently approved.  

They want the board of supervisors to consider restrictions for Pattison, such as not mining above ground and only blasting during the day time.

Pattison reps say they've conducted a lot of research confirming their operations have a low level health risk.

Some community members  are still asking for more research before a condition use permit is approved.

Another public hearing is set to take place next week. It's possible a final vote from the board of supervisors might come then. 

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