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Letter: Reject concrete plant

By Charles Polacek, VANCOUVER
Published: February 9, 2023, 6:00am

Can we agree that we want to live and retire in a community that is safe and healthy? That’s why we moved here to a new residential community in Clark County. We oppose excessive noise, pollution and health hazards that affect us and our environment. Now, an intrusive Knife River concrete batch plant that loads raw materials into large numbers of cement trucks and crushes cement is being proposed less than a mile away. The release of silica dust in the air and trucks will add to our air pollution.

The plant will run 24/7 at 7511 N.E. 101st, Vancouver. The noise and pollution will affect our quality of life (including school-aged children and elderly people — many with immune and respiratory illnesses); and the nearby wetlands will be polluted.

The zoning for the property was changed in March 2021, from light industrial to railroad industrial, despite being previously refused twice by the Clark County Council. Let your county councilors know this plant is not acceptable and that Knife River needs to find another location. Councilors, please zone this land back to light industrial and safeguard our future.

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