The following is cited from a Change.org petition site posted by Amy Davis of Willowbrook.
Lorig Construction Company has requested a conditional use permit from DuPage County to build an asphalt plant at 9900 S. Route 83, Lemont, IL. The proposed plant would be next to Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, the Des Plaines River, Centennial Trail, the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, Red Gate and Henry de Tonty Woods Forest Preserves and several residential areas.
Please sign our petition, and plan to attend the upcoming Dupage County Zoning Board of Appeals meetings
Thursday, September 28 at 6 p.m. – Testimony from expert witnesses
Location- County Administrative Building, Auditorium
421 N County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
Some of the objections to this proposed plant are:
- Increased truck traffic on Illinois Route 83 – it’s estimated that between 80 to 320 twenty-ton trucks per day would be entering and exiting Route 83 in the bridge area between Bluff Road and Archer Avenue.
- Air pollution – Asphalt plants emit hazardous air pollutants, harmful to people and wildlife in the area. According to the EPA, this type of plant typically emits up to 2000 pounds of hazardous air pollutants per year. EPA report
- Fire and hazardous waste – there is no water service at this location and there is only one point of access, preventing effective firefighting and putting all of the surrounding area at risk.
- Health risks – Asphalt plants produce PM-10 particles, small enough to get into the lungs and cause serious health problems.
Take action now to protect the air we breathe!