We are writing to inform you of our concerns regarding the Hogan Rock Quarry and its plan to become an asphalt hot plant. Living one block off Silver Rapids a short distance from the quarry has not been an issue until now. The only impact has been an occasional boom from the necessary dynamiting. When the rock trucks are in a busy cycle, I have counted as many as 23 returning from their morning runs for refilling. Adding additional trucks for the asphalt could impact traffic and add more hazardous conditions as people attempt to pass on our curvy thoroughfares.

The environmental concerns are even greater. Anyone who has had a new roof put on or been near a driveway or road being built or repaired knows of the unpleasant odor and black dust that is airborne. Anyone with a lung condition such as asthma, allergies, emphysema or COPD can already attest to the effects of fire whether wild or controlled and their ability to breathe. These fires make the possibility of opening windows on those nights impossible and now a night operation of asphalt production will ensure a life of no fresh air and higher air conditioning bills. Contamination of drinking water is even more serious as our sources are drying up.

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