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Call for a moratorium on new asphalt plants

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Mountain City, TN based Maymead Inc. is planning to open another asphalt plant at 5251 US 421 South Boone, NC (its 2nd asphalt plant in Watauga County and what would be its 8th in NC)

       Asphalt plants release literally tons of toxic chemicals into the air each year, including volatile organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and very fine condensed particulates (soot and even heavy metals).  Emitted fumes are noxious and will impact the quality of life for area residents.  Many of the emissions are highly toxic and/or known carcinogens, e.g. benzene, formaldehyde, hydrogen sulfide, mercury, and cadmium.  Citizens with asthma and other respiratory ailments will suffer the most.  
        Complex terrain and climatological factors (fog, etc.) of the high country often increases the density of toxic emissions in the air we breathe as well as increasing the amount of polluting fallout deposited onto homes and the ground near the plant

The following are within a 2-mile radius of the proposed asphalt plant:
-- Parkway Elementary School and the Two Rivers Community Elementary School
-- A 4-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway including the Grand View Overlook, Boone’s Trace, and a portion of the Mountain to the Sea Trail.
-- 7 miles of the South Fork New River and 10.5 miles of streams
-- 8 churches
-- The new Rocky Knob Bike and Hiking Park
-- Numerous private residences and organic farms

       The proposed asphalt plant would have a significant negative impact on Watauga’s tourism industry, which accounted for $290 million in local annual revenue as of 2008.The proposed Maymead asphalt plant will significantly decrease property values for local homeowners. A study by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) looked at property prices before and after Maymead’s asphalt plant was built in Avery County revealed property dropped an average of 27% in value (assessed by Avery County)

       Most affected citizens are not yet aware nor been given time and a forum to provide input on the proposed Maymead asphalt plant to Watauga County

Since much of the public is not yet aware nor had input, and numerous economic and health issues abound with the emissions from asphalt plants, we, the people of Watauga County NC, respectfully request a halt to the construction of the proposed Maymead Asphalt Plant on the Doc & Merle Watson Scenic Highway 421, and a moratorium of all future asphalt plants in Watauga County.  Additionally we request public hearings on the matter.


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Cancer Mortality in the asphalt industry: -

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CDC sponsored Tracking program


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