No New Asphalt Plants Near Douglas County Homes

No New Asphalt Plants Near Douglas County Homes

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Rob Howard started this petition to Douglas County Planning Commission and

Updated, October 2020

The Douglas County Planning Commission will soon be considering a new application to build a new asphalt plant at Airport Road and US-85, just 1,300 feet from the nearest residence and less than half a mile from the historic, residential village of Louviers and a few miles from Castle PinesSedalia, Highlands Ranch, Sterling Ranch, Roxborough State Park and Chatfield State Park.

The new plant will produce increased truck traffic on US-85 (Santa Fe Boulevard). It will be permitted to operate 24 hours a day. Asphalt plants are notorious for producing nauseating odors and disruptive noise. Asphalt plants spew 28 known toxic air pollutants into the air of the surrounding community.

"Asphalt processing and asphalt roofing manufacturing facilities are major sources of hazardous air pollutants such as formaldehyde, hexane, phenol, polycyclic organic matter, and toluene. Exposure to these air toxics may cause cancer, central nervous system problems, liver damage, respiratory problems and skin irritation." – Source: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency

"A property value study documented losses of up to 56% because of the presence of a nearby asphalt plant. In another study, nearly half of the residents reported negative impacts on their health from a new asphalt plant. The door-to-door health survey found 45% of residents living within a half mile of the plant reported a deterioration of their health, which began after the plant opened." – Source: BREDL

In 2019, the Douglas County Planning Commission unanimously recommended that the county reject the company's application to build the plant. Despite that, the company informed the community in October 2020 that they intend to try again – building the same pollution-generating facility near Douglas County homes without any significant changes to the proposal that the Planning Commission deemed unacceptable.

Many other communities have come together to stop new asphalt plants from polluting their air and reducing their property values. We can do the same.

Join us today by signing this petition to say NO to new, polluting, property-value-reducing asphalt plants in our community.

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