Asphalt Questions Answered

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02-19-07 Concerned residents packed Pottsboro Middle School Monday night to hear answers to questions submitted two weeks ago. The owner of Rushing Paving Co. answered the questions, but the answers may not be what residents wanted to hear.

Opponents of the proposed plant picketed Monday afternoon in front of Friendship Park in Pottsboro. Their signs read "No Asphalt" and protestors say this is one way they can show their opposition publicy.

The Pottsboro I.S.D. school board passed a resolution Monday night. It is urges Rushing Paving officials to reconsider the location of the plant because of potentially harmful effects to children who attend class near the proposed site.

At the town hall meeting, Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum served as moderator, and read answers to questions residents submitted two weeks ago.

Among the responses, Joe Rushing said he will comply with TCEQ regulations. He chose the location because of its proximity to large roads like Highway 120. He has no plans of moving a new plant to a different location.

Rushing Paving applied for a 'Standard Permit' from TCEQ. The standard permit does not require public input and is usually approved.

Opponents to the plant said regardless they will continue to speak out.

"It's dangerously too close," said Jim Hall, whose children will attend Pottsboro schools. "I just don't know if I want my children spending 35 hours a week that close to a plant. I chose my school district. I didn't choose this plant."

A member of the Rushing family did attend the meeting, but did not want to comment on the situation. Joe Rushing filed the permit in late January. The approval process generally takes 45 days.