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Asphalt Plants


Rhodes Brothers asphalt plant in Franklin, NC

March 8, 2002: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Bethel-Cullasaja community health survey report. The Bethel-Cullasaja community is the site of an asphalt plant permitted to produce 180 tons/hour and 100,000 tons/year of paving asphalt.

Jan. 15, 2001 - Asphalt Plant Campaign Report: This report gives an update on BREDL's campaign to reduce toxic pollution from asphalt plants in western North Carolina. It includes information about six communities which oppose existing or proposed asphalt plants. (including asphalt plants in Pineola , Boone , Jefferson , Cullasaja , White Oak Creek )

Action Alert: Public Hearing on Rhodes Brothers Asphalt Plant permit. May 30, 2000 at 6:30 PM at Franklin High School in Franklin, NC. UPDATE: On August 8, 2000, the North Carolina Division of Air Quality issued a new air permit for the Rhodes Brothers asphalt plant in Macon County. More info: NC DAQ Press Release

May 18, 2000 - BREDL/NACAP Press Release regarding air permit At a press conference in Franklin, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and Neighbors Against the Cullasaja Asphalt Plant released a detailed analysis of the pollution which would be allowed if the state approves a permit for the Rhodes Brothers asphalt plant.

March 9, 2000 - Neighbors Against the Cullasaja Asphalt Plant (NACAP) reports an Asphalt Plant was stopped in Franklin NC. The Environmental Management Commission voted to deny the air quality permit to Rhodes Brothers Paving Company in the floodplain of the Cullasaja River (Macon County).

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May 18, 2000: Rhodes Brothers Paving 100,000 ton/year asphalt plant in operation on the Cullasaja River near Franklin, NC.
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