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DORRANCE TWP. – Rick Caranfa, an engineer with Aiken Engineers of Shiremanstown, testified Wednesday night that his design for a quarry operation on Small Mountain Road complies with all government regulations and will have no significant impact on the area around it.

Under questioning from Pennsy attorney George Asimox, who is affiliated with the Harrisburg office of the law firm of Saul & Ewing, Caranfa repeatedly stated his design for the quarry, which is proposed for development by the Pennsy Supply Corp., meets with regulations on land and water usage, as well as environmental restrictions.

Caranfa said he was primarily involved in developing an environmental impact statement for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

He said the submitted study shows the quarry will have "no adverse impact."

After Caranfa's more than 2 1/2 hours of testimony, attorney Bill Higgs, representing residents opposed to the quarry, asked Caranfa about the impact on wetlands that are situated to the south of quarry property.

Higgs' questioning will carry over to a fourth session after the township supervisors set a 10 p.m. deadline for testimony.

Caranfa, however, did present some new information on underground water reserves. He said test wells have determined two major aquifers lie beneath the site.

He produced two schematic drawings reflecting what he called a "deep aquifer" and a "shallow aquifer."

He said the deep aquifer is substantial because when a monitoring well was drilled it was determined that the underground water is under pressure.

Asked by Supervisor Gary Zane about the possibility of the deep aquifer being contaminated by chemicals, Caranfa said the company won't keep a substantial amount of hazardous material on site and there will be constant water monitoring.

Caranfa, in response to a question by Supervisor Ben Ostrowski about blasting, said there is little chance of blasting causing cracks in the rock formation in which the aquifers lie.

Carnafa said that in advance of preparing his design he walked the site 50 times, including this past Monday, when he inspected water runoff into the wetlands after Sunday's storm.

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