March 7, 2017-
PORT CLINTON — Lawyers for the Ottawa County prosecutor and for a quarry in Benton Township clashed Tuesday over whether a judge should shut down operations at the Rocky Ridge Quarry in Benton Township. Common Pleas Judge Bruce Winters told lawyers at the end of the hearing to give him their briefs by noon Wednesday. He’s expected to decide soon whether to grant Ottawa County’s request for an injunction.
Winters issued a temporary restraining order that lasts for two weeks when Ottawa County Prosecutor James VanEerten filed a lawsuit Feb. 23 seeking to halt operations at the quarry, which has been recycling lime from a filter plant, mixing it with soil. The judge is now being asked to decide whether to replace that order with a preliminary injunction that would shut down operations indefinitely while legal battles over it continue. The quarry is depositing the spent lime from a Toledo water filter plant, which it’s allowed to do under an Ohio EPA permit. It has applied separately for another Ohio EPA permit to deposit the lime waste in the quarry itself, filling it up.