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People in Village and Town of Hamburg oppose proposed asphalt mixing plant

Posted at 5:52 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 17:52:47-04

TOWN OF HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — Plans for an asphalt “hot-mix” plant in the Town of Hamburg are being met with harsh criticism from people living nearby.

AL Asphalt Corporation is a newly formed business looking to set up shop on an old concrete mixing site off Camp Road.

The area at 5690 Camp road was deemed to be zoned for a business of this sort, but the issue now is the environmental impact a business like this might have.

An attorney representing Roseann Dipizio, the site applicant, said at a planning board meeting tomorrow night he is hoping the board will determine there are no negative or harmful environmental factors that could be brought by placing an asphalt mixing business in this location.

He is hoping the board will approve plans that have to do with vehicle and traffic flow at the site as well as the layout of the plant.

People who live nearby are worried more about the noise, odors, and potentially harmful emissions that might come from a plant of this sort.

One neighbor cited to 7 Eyewitness News research that pointed to chemicals being left behind in the mixing process.

In meeting minutes from a July 3 planning board meeting Dipizio said “the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will do an air quality test at the end of the asphalt-producing process to make sure there are no emissions.”

Dipizio also stated her company, that would be run by her daughter, would be “the first and only in Western New York to have an exclusive agreement with Green Asphalt products, which produces the only 100% recycled asphalt to go back on the roads.”

At that same meeting Dipizio says the noise would not be different from the companies that currently operate in the area or have operated there previously.

There are at least 12 schools and/or day care centers in a 3 mile radius of this plant, and parents plan to discuss their concerns about the odors being in the air in an area like this.

The planning board meeting is Wednesday, August 21 at 7 p.m.

The board will either allow the project to move forward or request more information from the applicant — AL construction.