DAQ holds public hearing at White Oak
March 02, 2011 3:56 AM
HOPE HODGE, Daily News
John Althouse/The Daily News
Karen Eldred holds a picture of her child
as she speaks during a hearing at
White Oak High School
held by the Division of Air Quality
on a permit for a proposed asphalt plant
to be built in Jacksonville
Plans by Morton Trucking Inc. to build the plant were approved in February 2010 by the Onslow County Zoning Board of Adjustment, but the project was hotly contested by environmental groups shortly thereafter.
In April 2010, the Onslow County chapter of the Protect Our Neighborhoods Foundation filed a legal challenge to the special-use permit for the plant, citing the danger to area residents of airborne chemicals emanating from the plant. The permit application was first received in October, but N.C. Division of Air Quality officials paused the 90-day approval period in November to allow the community to share its views before proceeding further.
And the skeptics in the community were on hand Tuesday night at White Oak High School to share those views to Air Quality officials on hand to address issues surrounding the project.
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