Say no to the Asphalt plant in Madison County

Keep Madison the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge”


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 Now

We are expecting Madison county’s official filing with the court of the Madison Asphalt BOA hearing record to come through fairly soon, and then within 30 days, Madison Asphalt will likely be filing their appeal with the court. While the appeal is actually challenging the county’s ruling, and the county itself will be carrying the brunt of the financial burden of defending their boards ruling, Sustainable Madison’s Lawyer will have to intervene to ensure that our side of the case is well defended. This of course means, we will have to begin fundraising to pay for the appeals process once they have filed.

Board of Adjustments rules against the Asphalt Plant Application 5-0

The Madison County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously to deny Madison Asphalt’s permit on the grounds that they had failed to provide the burden of proof on all three of the required statutes. The board of adjustment is made up of Madison County community members, who shared the same concerns that we did. Sustainable Madison and all of the Madison residents who have fought hard, continuously for 7 months were not in it for self preservation, we have been fighting for the community as a whole, especially those vulnerable populations in our community who do not have a voice or a choice, like the patients at Elderberry and the children at the Early Childhood Development Center. We fought for our environment, our town, our people. We will continue to work to protect our Jewel, and have so many projects we want to take on in this community! 

Thank you to everyone who has been there cheering us on, offering insight, showing up, donating, and being there in so many ways! You are so loved and appreciated!

If you missed the hearings you can watch the archives steams on our FaceBook page and on this website.

Important - The Board of Adjustment Hearing is Continuing

The Madison County Board of Adjustment will be meeting again in the County Courthouse on Monday June 17th at 6:00 pm. During this hearing the board will hear testimony from expert witnesses and landowners opposed to the issuance of the permit.

Sustainable Madison has retained an attorney on behalf of those opposed to the plant as well as paying the witnesses who will testify as to why the plant should not be permitted.

Sadly, the way the zoning laws are written, the onus and expense of proving the asphalt plant will be hazardous to the health and economic prosperity to the community falls to our community of which Sustainable Madison is helping to lead the way. This is why we still need your financial support, please donate by clicking on the Donate button above.

The hearing will likely last several days and may be scheduled on subsequent Mondays. Unlike Board of Commissioner meetings there will not be an opportunity for public comments during the hearing. There will be a period where those members of the public who would be affected by the plant will have 3 minutes to voice their concerns. After all the witnesses have testified the board will then decide on whether to approve the conditional use permit.

 

What's happening

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.

Public Health
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
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.

Property Values
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 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 boc@madisoncountync.gov

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.

6. Send or email letters to the editor at the News Record & Sentinel expressing your concerns about the plant. Email them at letters@newsrecordandsentinel.com

7. Join our mailing list below to receive updates. 

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PO Box 1135, Marshall, NC 28753