New site for N. Idaho asphalt plant spurs concerns

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A plan to build an asphalt plant in north Idaho is raising some familiar concerns about health and public safety from residents living near the proposed site.

Coeur d'Alene Paving is seeking permission to rezone 116 acres west of Post Falls as a potential site to relocate its asphalt batch plant.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports the Kootenai County Commission is scheduled to hold a hearing Thursday on the company's request to change zoning from agriculture to mining.

But commissioners could get plenty of testimony from residents.

Post Falls resident Hayley Lake tells the Press (http://bit.ly/pMy0HO ) concerns about the plan are not being heard.

Lake says residents are worried about added exposure to fumes, increased traffic and noise and more changes to the once wide-open nature of the area.

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Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com