Big Business Is Trying to Abuse Zoning Laws:
Lakeside Industries is attempting to put an asphalt plant a couple hundred feet from the Cedar River on a parcel that is not zoned for this, per the King County Comprehensive Plan.
Simply put, what they are trying to do is illegal.
Salmon populations are in decline, bald eagle nest in this area, bear prowl this area routinely. And our County Council is fine putting an Asphalt Plant here? The Federal EPA is very clear that these plants produce known toxins and carcinogens. If Dow Constantine (King County Executive) really wanted to protect this region’s native salmon population, he would speak out against this plant… but he’s staying mum… in fact he supports Lakeside Industries behind closed doors.
Perhaps this is because he and the Council are…
Blatantly Corrupt Politicians:
Dow Constantine’s former Chief of Staff (Sung Yang of Pacific Public Affairs) currently works as a lobbyist for Lakeside Industries. He had worked with Dow for ~8 years… he knows everyone at the Council, inside and out. His client Lakeside Industries must be very pleased with his unethical performance to-date. So far, Sung and Lakeside Industries have "convinced" our elected officials to look the other way. If this isn’t blatant corruption and conflict of interest, I don’t know what is. Call the Council and tell them what you think of this nonsense!
Major Traffic Disruption on Highway 169 (Maple Valley Highway):
You think your morning commute sucks now? If Lakeside Industries has their way, its about to get much worse. They have proposed adding ~300 new trucks (double-trailers, filled with hot-smelly-toxic-liquid asphalt), the majority of which would be on the road during PEAK COMMUTE TIMES.
Picture it… all those new trucks on the road, getting in your way, dropping tar and asphalt on the road (which will be picked up on your car). And can you imagine the smell? Those trucks will be creeping along right in front of you… beside you… behind you. Hundreds daily, all headed out towards 405. Picture it. Smell it. Scrape it off your car each week.
Water Supply at Risk:
King County Water District 90 has expressed a strong objection to this plan. This proposed plant lies in their well recharge areas along the Cedar River. When there are spills (not if – but when) toxins are going to seep into the ground and contaminate our water table. We are going to lose some wells. KCWD90 will have to buy clean water from other sources, and those costs will be passed on to consumers by way of higher water bills.
Goodbye, Air Quality:
remember summer of 2017, when we had smoke from Canada’s wildfires just sitting… hovering… in the Renton / Maple Valley area? No wind… that sucked. But it could get much worse if we add a hot mix asphalt plant to the picture! It is not just an odor issue. That should be the least of your concerns. The real issue is one of public health: Asphalt manufacturing plants are known to release harmful solid-particle emissions into the air that cannot be entirely prevented, even with cutting edge, modern equipment. Per the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …
"Asphalt processing and asphalt roofing manufacturing facilities are major sources of hazardous air pollutants such as formaldehyde, hexane, phenol, polycyclic organic matter, and toluene. Exposure to these air toxins may cause cancer, central nervous system problems, liver damage, respiratory problems and skin irritation."