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Carmel Board OKs Blasting Law

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Despite objections from several residents who said it was not strong enough, the Carmel Town Board last week unanimously approved an overhaul of its laws regarding blasting.

But prior to the passage of the legislation, the board received harsh criticism from those who commented during a public hearing, claiming the councilpersons were not doing enough to protect residents. Many speakers also said the board had not implemented changes recommended by the public during prior hearings on the legislation.

Despite the criticism, the board went ahead and passed the law. The town building inspector will now have the authority to regulate blasting, or using explosives to reshape land for development. The new law also requires blasters to obtain permits. Blasters who violate the law will be fined and/or go to jail. A first offense would carry a fine of up to $2,500 and/or a jail term of up to 15 days. Subsequent violations would carry fines of up to $5,000 and/or a jail term of up to 15 days.

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