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Proposed Anderson Township mine halted

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Six years after Martin Marietta filed plans to build an underground limestone mine, the group opposing it, Citizens Against Blasting on Our Miami (CABOOM) found out Thursday it has been successful in its bid to stop the mine.

Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman scolded the Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) for rubber stamping an earlier decision to allow the mine without even reading it. He said, "For these reasons, this court reverses the second decision of the Anderson Township BZA."

Martin Marietta could still appeal.

The controversial mine case dates back to 2008.

Here's the timeline:

  • 2010 the Anderson Township zoning board voted in favor of the company's request.
  • CABOOM (residents and businesses in Anderson, Terrace Park, Newtown and Indian Hill) appealed.
  • 2011 Judge Ruehlman overturned the mine's approval, saying the board's decision was void.
  • 2012 1st District Court of Appeals sent the case back to Anderson Township
  • Martin Marietta appealed
  • 2014 Judge Ruehlman ruled the second BZA decision was illegal and revered its decision.

Ann Thompson has years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology