Toxic chemicals from an asphalt plant within half a mile from an elementary school? “Astounded” was how I felt after reading the letter to the editor regarding the unanimous approval of this plant by the Hall County Board of Commissioners. This vote was in spite of the opposition of locals and without recognition of the facts about the extremely hazardous chemicals that are produced.
As was stated, the Henan Roady company, a manufacturer of asphalt, clearly states on its website that toxins linked to cancer such as benzene, arsenic, formaldehyde and cadmium are released from the production of asphalt. It also states that the health of those within a half a mile (like Myers Elementary students, staff and local residents) will be negatively affected.
In most cases it is a positive thing that Hall County is pro-business; however, in this case, the health and well-being of our children and families should unquestionably trump the approval of this extremely harmful business.