The Wrong Place for Asphalt Factories
By Todd Skiles
Prince William County is considering approval of not one but two asphalt factories within 900 yards of a major residential development and large elementary school. The Saybrooke community, which would be immediately affected by the placement of two asphalt factories in its back yard, is less than a mile from the highly protected Rural Crescent.
Running right through this same area are the controversial Dominion high-voltage power lines, which were approved with no sensitivity to local residents who already live in the shadow of the Prince William County Service Authority water tower and an AT&T tower.
Proponents of the asphalt factories say the plants will be required to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards. However, the EPA doesn’t regulate such things as odor, light pollution, traffic or other quality-of-life issues that will take a tremendous toll on the adjacent communities.
No matter the arguments, no asphalt factories, much less two of them, belong close to residential areas that are heavily populated with children. The county would be better served by finding more isolated locations to place these facilities.
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