BANGOR — The Department of Environmental Protection found the second submission of an application from Bowden Point LLC for a rock crushing facility and pier in Prospect unacceptable March 17. The company must address the issues outlined and submit a third application.

The department found the application, submitted Feb. 24, unacceptable because it lacked a visual impact assessment for the proposed pier and building, which was among the reasons it rejected the first applications. The first applications, submitted in December 2021, were rejected by DEP Jan. 19 for several application deficiencies outlined in a letter to the company.

Bowden Point applied for a Natural Resource Protection Act permit and a Site Location of Development Act permit from the state. Companies applying for a NRPA permit are required to prove that a proposed activity “will not unreasonably interfere with existing scenic and aesthetic uses,” according to standards outlined in a document on the state’s website.

It applies to projects altering a coastal wetland, great pond, freshwater wetland, fragile mountain area, river, stream or brook, according to the document. Tier 1 and tier 2 NRPA permit applications are not required to do this, but the company is applying for a tier 3 permit, so it is required.

As previously reported, Bowden Point, owned by parent company Salmons Inc. of Virginia, proposes to build an 80,000-square-foot rock-crushing facility with about 50 acres of its property to be used for storage and processing, according to its DEP applications. It also plans to build a T-shaped 710-foot pier on the Penobscot River. The project is expected to cost $12 million.

The company plans to ship crushed rock out of state on ships instead of transporting it by land in trucks, which is why it needs the pier. Salmons Inc. bought the Heagan Mountain mine and intends to use the rock crushing facility to crush material mined from the mountain.

There is growing local opposition in the form of a grassroots group called Save Heagan Mountain. Some residents are concerned that the facility will negatively affect residents’ way of life and disrupt the natural environment. Some are also concerned about how extensively the mountain will be mined.

Group member Peter Shoults said in an email that the group is calling upon the DEP to reject the permit applications. “This would transform our quiet, rural residential area into an industrial nightmare, threaten the quality and quantity of water for surrounding communities, and further damage our river and the bay,” he said.

Technical consulting firm Haley Ward, which is preparing the state applications for Bowden Point, did not respond to a request for comment before publication.