THOMSON --- The McDuffie County Planning Commission will recommend that the county commission deny the conditional use proposal submitted by mining company Advanced Primary Minerals.
The vote was taken Tuesday night after a public hearing at the Thomson-McDuffie Government Center.
The board will present its recommendation at the commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18. The commission will make the final decision to approve or deny APM's proposal to mine kaolin on 192 acres that the company owns in the Margaret's Road area in Dearing.
The planning commission, led by Chairman Charles Wallace, heard from people for and against the proposal. More than 100 people attended.
Mark Davies, a geologist at APM, outlined the company's plans to minimize the impact on the mining site's neighbors if the proposal were approved.
A number of residents who oppose mining in the area expressed concerns about the safety of nearby roads, the impact on the environment and the potential effect on property values.
Thomson businessman Delmar "Brink" Bradshaw was the first person to speak against the project. He said 436 residents have signed a petition opposing the proposal. Bradshaw, a developer and real estate broker, is a candidate for Thomson mayor in the Nov. 8 election.