Citizens Against the
Asphalt Plant (CAAP) file lawsuit for better
controls on Tarheel Paving Co. Asphalt Plant in
Henderson County, NC
2001 - The Citizens Against the Asphalt Plant
(CAAP) filed a lawsuit on Wednesday before an
administrative law judge seeking to force more
controls on Tarheel Paving Co.'s asphalt plant in
Henderson County, NC. The group wants the N.C.
Division of Air Quality to test air pollution
around the plant and require that the owner
enclose the facility to control dust and odors.
CAAP is seeking nothing more than for DAQ
to enforce its own rules and require Tarheel
Paving to comply with them, said Lyman
Greg Gregory, the groups
On April 17, NC DAQ issued a permit for the
company to build a plant that can produce 200,000
tons of asphalt annually, up to 250 tons per day,
at a site off U.S. 25 north next to Grimesdale.
The permit was issued despite a Feb. 26 public
hearing that drew a record crowd of more than 600
people, with speakers more than 4-to-1 against
issuing the permit, according to the Times-News.
Neighbors also want the state to require the
plant to control odors they fear will hurt their
health and property values, CAAP leader Janet
This is absolutely necessary to protect our
health, secure our investments in our
long-established neighborhoods and maintain our
quality of life, she said.
The plant could be operational in 45 to 60 days.
It could be several months before a judge hears
A judge will hold a hearing, review the evidence
and issue an opinion. The N.C. Environmental
Management Commission will decide whether to
require any changes in the permit or DAQs
processes. Either side could appeal further to
the Superior Court.
sources: CAAP, Times-News: http://www.hendersonvillenews.com,
WHKP 1450 AM: http://www.whkp.com/
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