Asphalt plant opposition speaks out

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

POTTSBORO -- Local residents opposed to the Rushing Paving asphalt plant are trying to stop that plant from operating.

The group ‘Concerned Citizens of Grayson County' says although the plant is under construction, they will continue to fight to keep it from opening for business.

Last month the Texas Commission on Envioronmental Quality approved the standard permit application from Rushing Paving to construct an asphalt plant on FM 120.

This week an appeal has been filed by concerned residents who want to keep the plant from becoming operational.

The group ‘Concerned Citizens of Grayson County,’ and their attorney, Renea Hicks, filed a motion with the TCEQ asking to overturn or reconsider the issuance of the permit.

Since that permit was approved, Rushing Paving has started construction on the asphalt plant next to their offices on FM 120.

Officials with the opposition group say their main concerns are the potential hazardous emissions and increased truck traffic on 120.

They say they hope this appeal will help them keep the plant from opening.

"There’s been many attorneys already contacted and hired to fight this through the legal process, but the first step that we have to make is filing an appeal with the TCEQ. We think that they should reconsider the permit," said Jim Hall of ‘Concerned Citizens of Grayson County’.

We attempted, again, to contact Rushing Paving for their side of the story, but they would not comment at this time.

One official we spoke to did say that he does not yet know when the plant will become operational.

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  • by Peg Location: less than 2/10mi from plant on Mar 21, 2008 at 01:05 PM
    This plant is less than 2/10 mile from my home. Is there not a law relating to this. Obviously the county just wants the tax revenue from the business and doesn't care if your home is devalued because you will still pay the same amount for taxes. Take notice the county sent out the tax notices to the homeowners closest to the plant in late Oct. so we did not have time to protest our taxes this past year. The EPA overlooks their guidelines for distance from nearest residence or school because they could care less, it's job security for them. We still need to stand firm and raise up against the county, EPA and the business itself. Our health, and families futures are at stake here.
  • by mark Location: baghdad, iraq on May 12, 2007 at 03:57 AM
    quit whining already, everybody drives on roads and sometimes the price is not always right. it's gotta go somewhere, all you stiff shirts need to put on your penny loafers and go have some latee and play another round of golf and let the real men take care of "your" roads.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2007 at 12:52 PM
    I hate the asfault plant i dont think it needs to be were it is there are animals ant trees we need to worey about this is sh**!!! (This message edited by KXII Staff.)
  • by tim Location: sherman on Apr 11, 2007 at 01:24 PM
    How many of the people complaining are willing to drive on or live down a gravel road. Then they would complain about the dust all over every thing, some times progress takes shutting up and taking one for the team.
  • by James Location: Pottsboro on Apr 9, 2007 at 08:02 AM
    At least it is over, so we can get on with other town business.
  • by JD Location: DENISON on Apr 8, 2007 at 06:13 AM
    WHY WONT RUSHING TALK? GO CONCERNED CITIZENS! dont let this bully run rouooghshod over the community.
  • by Buddy Viers Location: Sherman on Apr 7, 2007 at 06:48 AM
    Do a study on which way the wind blows. With our prevailing winds in this area Pottsboro would be effected very few, if any days per year.
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