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West Roxbury quarry still stokes controversy

City urged to deny plan to dump dirt in 350-foot hole

In a far corner of Boston, a 350-foot hole in the ground has been deepening for more than a century. Dust clouds and dynamite blasts often rattle plates in nearby kitchens.

Welcome to the West Roxbury quarry, a rare open-pit rock mine in a major American city. Neighbors have fought the quarry for decades, riled by explosions, rumbling gravel trucks, and residue that settles on cars and countertops like errant talcum powder.

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