“We’re worried about our own personal lifestyles,” said CARE member Ellen Meeks Rendulich, who lives near the quarry.
They’re also concerned the project could affect endangered species in the area, such as the Hine’s emerald dragonfly and two types of turtles, which is why the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will have to review the application.
Sieg said the company plans on moving six acres of native vegetation to ensure its survival. He explained that invasive plant species are currently threatening it and moving it will help. The company said it intends to transplant turtles to the new area, as well.
“Our Romeoville Quarry is committed to operating in a safe and responsible manner,” Sieg said in an email statement.