Concerns abound over asphalt plant

Ballston planners may require additional environmental review

— Residents continue to be wary of a plan to build a new asphalt plant at the Curtis Industrial Park in the Town of Ballston.

Nearly 100 residents attended a Planning Board meeting on Wednesday, Dec 14, where experts and officials from Callanan Industries Inc., a sister company of Dolomite Products Co., presented their plans for a third time. At the meeting, experts hired by the company addressed potential environmental and traffic impacts, health risks, safety issues and noise concerns.

The meeting lasted more than three hours.

“I think the primary concern is the impact of traffic on this project and we have been asked to provide additional information,” said Stephanie Ferradino, a lawyer for Callanan Industries, Inc.

Planning Board Chairman Richard Doyle, said considering the amount of concerns still voiced by citizens at the meeting, he does not feel the board is ready to vote on the project at its meeting in January.

“I know I don’t have huge environmental concerns, but residents do,” he said.

The asphalt plant would sit on a 10-acre site on Route 67 between two small New York State Department of Environmental Conservation wetland pockets and small isolated wetlands.

The plant would not be within the Ballston Lake Watershed, but is within the Round Lake Watershed.

Dr. Richard Hirst, a consultant from H2H Associates with expertise in geological and environmental services, said he has found no adverse effects to the lake’s ecosystem mostly due to the topography of the site in relation to the lake. Also, liquid asphalt, which is used to mix the batches with aggregates like sand and stone, hardens at ambient temperatures so there is little risk of it soiling any groundwater.

“The proposed action has the potential to have an adverse impact to air and groundwater quality. However, assuming the facility will be constructed and operated with all applicable federal and state environmental regulations, then a ‘significant’ adverse impact would not be anticipated,” he said.

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