Zoning Board Votes Against Recommending Asphalt Plant

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UPDATE (2/8/17) – The Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals voted against recommending the plant to the full county board.  We’ll have a more in-depth report on Eyewitness News Locat at 9 & 10.

For the third day in a row, Rockton residents are fighting a proposed asphalt plant for their neighborhood.    

Last night, the plan went in front of the Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals.

Nearly 6 hours later, testimony ended, but there was decision, so a continuation meeting was scheduled for tonight.

It was another big turnout at the Winnebago County Courthouse for the meeting.

In the meeting, they called up a toxicologist who spoke about the impact that toxic chemicals and carcinogenic gases, such as benzene and arsenic, can have on the environment.

The toxicologist saying that the gases leaving the proposed asphalt plant shouldn’t be worrisome, as we are exposed to these chemicals on a daily basis.

But residents have cross-examined him, and don’t believe him. They’ve been very passionate about voicing their concerns.

Rockton residents and officials say they’re prepared to see this through, no matter how long it takes.

They were not able to reach a decision tonight, so two more meetings have been tentatively scheduled for the 17th &18th of January.

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