A quarry near Saxony Lutheran High School will have its operation subject to a new public hearing after an appeals court judge upheld a lower court ruling. The judgment requires Heartland Materials, LLC, to undergo a public hearing organized by the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission for its mine permit. The permit allows the company to operate a quarry near Saxony Lutheran. A group called Save our Children's Health joined with the school to challenge permits to the Heartland quarry and another operated in the area by Strack Excavating. Both permits are tied up in legal wrangling. Today's decision now requires the Land Reclamation Commission to hold another hearing on Heartland's permit. Strack's appeal to an order vacating its permit is set for next month. Strack's mining operations were suspended during the appeals process. The Heartland Materials case was heard in Missouri's Western District Court of Appeals on appeal from Cole County, where the Land Reclamation Commission operates.
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