Public uproar over asphalt plant forces a mayor to back down

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By Chris Hopkins,
Senior Vice President, Aggregates and Mining, The Saint Consulting Group


Public anger has forced politicians in Whistler, a small British Columbia city preparing for this winter’s Olympics, to rethink the location of an asphalt plant near a new housing development.

 An article in Pique Newsmagazine regarding Whistler Mayor Ken Melmed sums up the effect that NIMBYs can have on the political process.

“The mayor’s position changed about two hours later in the wake of more unanswered questions, and more outrage about the plan,” reported Alison Taylor.

Prospective homeowners in Cheakamus Crossing were made aware of relocating asphalt operations in disclosure statements when they bought their homes. Grassroots efforts spread the word about potential air quality and toxicity concerns that might accompany the operations.

Open House on 26th November will give residents more opportunity to answer their questions.

Chris Hopkins is senior vice president for aggregates and mining for The Saint Consulting Group, email, phone 615-656-3794

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