State puts asphalt plant on hold

By Adam Orr -

GLENDALE SPRINGS —The last permit needed by Appalachian Materials for their proposed asphalt plant has been placed on hold due to compliance issues found at Radford Quarries, where the proposed plant would be located.

In a letter from N.C. Division of Air Quality Director Sheila Holman to D.J. Cecile, owner of Radford Quarries, Holman stated that she would be unable to issue the air quality permit at this time due to compliance issues found at the quarry.

Inspectors from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources inspected Radford Quarries on Oct. 15 and identified six deficiencies. Inspectors also found the quarry had disturbed acreage for site grading for the asphalt plant outside the area covered under an existing mining permit.

Radford Quarries was notified on Oct. 21 of the deficiencies.

The letter stated that in a public hearing held on Oct. 6 regarding the air quality permit, the issue of compliance of Radford Quarries was raised, leading to an inspection.

According to the hearing officer’s report sent to Holman following the public hearing, the quarry had not been inspected since Sept. 25, 2012.

The report also stated that inspections performed in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012 had previously indicated non-compliance during each inspection.

North Carolina General Statues 143-215.108 gives the N.C. Division of Air Quality the authority to require applicants to be in compliance with federal and state laws, regulations and rules for the protection of the environment.

However, the permit is not out of the question for the quarry. The permit’s hold could be lifted when Radford Quarries resolves the deficiencies.

Cecile declined to comment at this time.

Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.

By Adam Orr

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