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Friday, April 20, 2018

Decision delayed on asphalt plant

The Vulcan concrete plant.
The Fairfax County Planning Commission deferred until June 14 a decision on the Vulcan Materials Co. rezoning and special exception applications to expand the company’s facility and add an asphalt plant on Industrial Drive in the Springfield area of Mason District.
The proposal for an asphalt plant has raised concerns from nearby residents about air quality, odors, noise, and declining property values. Nearly 1,100 people signed a petition opposing the project. Several neighbors joined Planning Commissioners on a tour of the Virginia Paving Co. asphalt plant in Alexandria April 13 to see how that company handles environmental issues.

Mason District’s Planning Commissioner Julie Strandlie has offered to meet with members of the community to discuss process and substance related to the Vulcan project. She can be reached at Julie.strandlie@fairfaxcounty.gov.

The Board of Supervisors’ public hearing on the Vulcan proposal was deferred to July 10.

14 comments:

  1. That structure looks like something out of Chernobyl.

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    1. Someone should dedicate that monstrosity as a shrine to the current state of the county and its leaders.

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    2. It's an industrial facility in an industrial park. What else would you expect? - Sparky

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    3. Its a DUMP

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  2. At the least they need to help pay to maintain the roads around there. The heavy dump truck rushing up and down the streets there are tearing them up.

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    1. You make it sound like the trucks are driving through Edsall Park which isn't true at all. Most of these trucks aren't "rushing up and down the streets." Most of these trucks are actually safer than the personal vehicles who speed on Edsall, run stop signs in Edsall Park, etc. Besides, most of the trucks are making a right turn out of the industrial park and getting right on 395 or 95. Yes, the road is a little rough right by the entrance to the industrial park but as Sparky says above, "What else would you expect?"

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  3. It’s an industrial park surrounded by residential neighborhoods. Anybody have any idea how an asphalt plant will degrade the air quality for those residents. Dumb, dumb idea

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    1. The asphalt plant probably won't degrade the air as much as you think considering 495, 395, Backlick Road, Edsall Road, Braddock Road, are all in the area. All those vehicles certainly aren't cleaning the air.

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    2. Right... let's pile on the industrial chemicals on top of the excessive exhaust fumes. Good idea! Benzene anyone? And we wouldn't really know how much exhaust is coming off the highways because the testing for air quality is done miles away from it.

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  4. Why did this tour come at the end of this process, and why didn't Mason District Planning Commissioner Strandlie or Supervisor Gross meet with neighbors from the outset??

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    1. Because they don't like any confrontations. They just want everyone to agree with their planning strategies.

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  5. I've driven through this area when you can literally see the poor air quality.

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  6. For asphalt plant details and to sign the petition against the plant, go to: http://www.stoptheasphaltplant.com

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