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Rockton Residents Against Asphalt Recycling Proposal

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A Rockton quarry wants to expand operations.

But, residents are against it.

The Rockton Rock Quarry has proven to be quite persistent.

This comes less than a year after the quarry’s last attempt to get an asphalt plant built there.

Now, they’re hoping to get a special use permit, so it can recycle asphalt and concrete.

The owners think their request will go through this time because the operation can work with equipment that’s already there.   

They also think it’s more environmentally friendly, which was a major concern residents had before.

But, residents voiced their concerns tonight-saying a recycling operation will be loud, and that environmental concerns still remain.

Those concerns include excessive dust and groundwater pollution.

They also believe if the county gives in here, it’s only a matter of time before an asphalt plant gets built.

“Living so close with two small children, we’re worried that they’re just trying to get their foot in the door and possibly go the next step and try to petition for a hot mix plant,” said Darren Guadette, a Rockton resident who lives only hundreds of feet away. “So we’re concerned about that.”

“Mining operations would be conducted under strict compliance with federal mining and health and safety administration,” said Bradley Brown from Brownstone Engineering

If approved the special permit would last for 20 years.

The zoning committee is set to meet again on the 20th.

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