Rural Maryland Community Wins Round in Fight to Curb Industrial Activity

Some rural Maryland residents complaining of being overburdened with polluting industrial activity in their midst recently won a skirmish in their fight for relief. But their struggle is far from over.

An Anne Arundel County hearing officer recently rescinded a special zoning exception granted 55 years ago for Westport Reclamation to mine sand and gravel and to produce concrete in the Lothian area of the county.

Westport Reclamation is one of several industrial-scale operations along a short stretch of Sands Road paralleling the Patuxent River. Among the other operations are a large sand and gravel mine, two former quarries undergoing reclamation and two rubble landfills, now closed.