Proposed Asphalt Plant Facing Opposition

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02-05-07 A proposed asphalt plant near Pottsboro is meeting opposition from its potential neighbors. A group of Grayson County residents voiced their concerns at a town hall meeting Monday night in Pottsboro...

A member of the Rushing family said the new plant will use the latest technologies, but Pottsboro residents want facts to see exactly how the plant will affect their community, if there's any affect at all.

Steve Cooper owns an organic cattle farm near the proposed site, off Highway 120 near Pottsboro.

"If we have meat they [buyers] perceive to be toxic or contaminated in any way they will not buy the meat."

Rushing Paving Company currently operates a plant in Denison, but plans on building a new, state-of-the-art plant near Pottsboro.

As the company awaits approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, would-be neighbors of the plant are wary of giving their stamp of approval on the project.

"I wonder with my kids, especially with my freshman running the trails around the high school the fumes that she would breathe as a track athlete," said Brenda Spence, whose daughter attends Pottsboro High School. "What would she be inhaling?"

Residents are encouraged to submit questions to designated 'point-people' about the environment, the plant permitting process, property values, and traffic impacts.

Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum said he hopes organized discussion will help answer questions.

"There are always 2 sides to every story and by splitting it up and giving points of contact we've started the process of answering questions," Bynum said.

Our request for an interview with Rushing Paving officials was denied Monday night. Joe Rushing, the company's owner, is scheduled to answer the public's questions in a future meeting. So far, no word yet on when that will be set.

There were a lot more questions than answers surrounding the proposed plant. KXII is working to find out more specific details surrounding Rushing Paving's plans.