There is a great deal of misunderstanding regarding my application to relocate my asphalt facility from the south side to the north side of the North Road.
It seems that until just recently most people were not even aware that this business was in town at all. This demonstrates to me just how compliant the business has been. In 2009 a DEP mandated stack emissions test was performed and we were well below, in fact a full 66 percent below, permissible emissions.
The Planning Board approved my asphalt plant on land leased in a gravel pit owned by Richard and Grace Douglass in June 2008. The plant was fully operational throughout the 2008, 2009, and 2010 construction seasons. It is a business decision only to relocate to land that I would own, not a proposed expansion of the business.
Throughout operations during 2008, 2009, and 2010 people were able to bicycle on the North Road, swim in Angevine Park, air dry their laundry and enjoy the outdoors just as they always have and should be able to. I am not proposing to change any of that.
Many references have been made to a report on an asphalt plant located in Augusta. This is not Augusta. My plant operates different machines, employs cleaner technologies and the land is completely different.
There is consensus that at one point during the summer of 2010 "foul odors" hung over Bethel. I steadfastly maintain that these were the result of agricultural activities not related to my plant.
That said; I want to be a good neighbor. The proposed site in the old Labrecque gravel pit has better location and topography for the abatement and containment of any odors. There will not be perceptible offensive odors.
Bruce A. Manzer