Asphalt plant operators will be encouraged that an opinion poll shows high levels of support for the industry.
Respondents to an online poll by local newspaper, Calaveras Enterprise, are divided in their views on a proposed asphalt plant near Valley Springs, Calaveras County, California. Neighbors have legitimate concerns, but others support more business
The most popular response of six choices available was, “Neighbors have legitimate concerns that should be addressed,” chosen by 66 respondents, or 44 percent of the 150 respondents to the poll.
In fact, many neighbors of the proposed asphaltic concrete plant at the quarry have objected to the plan, saying they have concerns over odor, air pollution and truck traffic.
Yet almost as many poll respondents expressed views sympathetic to the proposed asphalt plant. Possible responses favoring the plant included “I’m glad that the business has found a way to possibly get more work. I hope county officials do what they can to see it is approved,” chosen by 43 respondents; “I drive on asphalt roads all the time and think it is good to produce the material locally,” chosen by seven respondents; and “I’m worried that excessive government regulation will kill a worthwhile business venture,” chosen by 13 respondents.
All of those pro-asphalt plant responses add up to 63 respondents, or 42 percent of those participating in the poll.
Significant minorities of the poll respondents selected answers that neither favor nor oppose the plant.
Twelve respondents, or 8 percent, chose, “Both sides are right – we have too much regulation but people have a right to protect their neighborhood from industrial pollution,” and nine respondents, or 6 percent, chose, “This debate over one small industrial operation is distracting us from more important issues. It is a shame county planning staff are spending so much time on it when they should be completing the general plan update.”