Rock quarry strains Vancouver residents' nerves

VANCOUVER, Wash. - People living in one Vancouver neighborhood say the rock quarry next door should be a better neighbor because of the dust, smell of diesel fuel and the noise it creates.

The quarry, Tapani Underground, is located on Northeast 18th Street and 155th Avenue.

Neighbors say it is constant noise from seven in the morning to seven at night.

For the last 10 years, Renee Anttila has used her home as an art studio where she enjoys the peace her quite brush strokes bring to her. But in the last five months that quiet has been broken by truck after truck that drive in and out of the quarry that now mines behind her backyard.

"You have anywhere from 80 to 110 of those (trucks) coming and going all day long," she says.

The dumping and crushing of rocks is so loud, Anttila says it shakes her house. And it's not just that.

"The dust is unbelievable," she says. "Normally on your furnace you have to replace your furnace filters every three months. I have to replace mine at least once a month."

Anttila was so tired of her neighborhood looking and sounding like a construction zone she looked into moving. But after checking with a few real estate agents, she realized that decision didn't add up.

"I don't know how we're going to sell the house. I don't know what we're going to do."

At this point all she wants is for the mining company to give a little.

"What I'd like to see is have them work only five days a week - Monday through Friday," she says. "I would like them to work and honor the 8 to 5 agreement that the city has with homeowners."

The city of Vancouver is asking for recommendations from Tapani to repair roads and reduce speeds near the neighborhood.

City Council will hear testimony from residents about the quarry Monday.