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Say no to the Asphalt plant in Madison County
Keep Madison the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge”
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Sustainable Madison is a non-profit composed of Madison County residents and property owners who believe in the practice of Earth stewardship by our members, our government and the public. To foster stewardship, Sustainable Madison encourages governmental and citizen responsibility in protecting our natural resources. Sustainable Madison advocates grassroots involvement to empower our community in environmental issues. Our focus is on preserving the health and beauty of “The Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains” for future generations. We seek to ensure sustainable economic growth which benefits our county’s environs, tourism, and the health of its people.
What's Happening ?
Important Update – February 7th
French Broad Paving Company, whose business is largely in Buncombe County, has formed a limited liability corporation for the sole purpose of opening an asphalt plant in Marshall and they have recently filed a permit requesting approval for building and operating the plant on land it leases in the McCrary Quarry. Once approved by the county Board of Adjustment they will request a permit from, the N.C. Department of Air Quality which will then allow the project to proceed.
In our view, an asphalt plant at this site raises a number of concerns.
Asphalt plants emit many toxic chemicals including Arsenic, Benzene, Cadmium, Chromium, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Xylene and more. Government emission standards do not take into account the topography of our mountains nor the many temperature inversions that occur in our area which can concentrate pollutants.
Within a 1/4 mile of the proposed site are located a nursing home, county preschool program, medical center, health dept, jail, fairgrounds and more. Many of these populations are more at risk from the pollutants.
Tourism revenues in Madison County were over 39 million dollars in 2017 supporting local businesses and providing many jobs in the county. Pollution and odors emitted by the plant would likely impact the number of visitors coming to the county causing harm to local businesses and reducing the sales tax revenues the country receives.
Properties located near the asphalt plant will suffer from reduced property values as well as suffering possible health issues. In addition to reducing the value of families properties, this will impact the county thru reduced property tax revenue.
What Can I do ?
1. Attend the next Madison County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tues March 12th, 7 pm at the AB Tech Madison campus. Please invite your neighbors and friends as well, we need to show the board how much opposition their is.
2. Also let your County Commissioners know you do not support the proposed plant. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Sign our online petition to express your opposition to the plant.
4. TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS & FRIENDS – ASK IF THEY KNOW ABOUT THIS! If they don’t tell them about it!
5. Email or write the NC Division of Air Quality to ask them to have a hearing when considering the permit.
- By Mail: NC Division of Air Quality, 1641 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699 Attn: Michael Abraczinkas
- Email: email@example.com
6. Send or email letters to the editor at the News Record & Sentinel expressing your concerns about the plant. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Join our mailing list below to receive updates.
8. Donate using the button below.
On Feb 18th the Marshall Town Board unanimously passed a resolution opposing the permitting of the asphalt plant at the