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Posted at 2:20 PM ET, 06/ 1/2009

The Wrong Place for Asphalt Factories

By Vince Rinehart

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.

By Vince Rinehart  | June 1, 2009; 2:20 PM ET
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I concur with Todd's assessment of this situation. I only learned of this issue last week when flyers were circulated at the VRE station. The work on the Dominion Power lines referenced were begun almost within hours of being approved by the state after a long battle. Who's watching out for the homewoner/citizens of PWC? Eroding home values, high gas prices, terrible traffic, horrific commutes to the city, now this?...haven't we suffered enough?

Posted by: vetterman73 | June 2, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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