EAST FLAT ROCK, N.C. (WLOS) — The controversial asphalt plant that could be coming to Henderson County despite great community opposition is still in the works.
On Monday night, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners voted to delay its decision to approve or deny a zoning request by SE Asphalt. It was the second time the company took this issue to the board.
It was also the first Henderson County commissioners meeting since the mask mandate was lifted, and people showed up and spoke up against the proposed asphalt plant that could go right off Spartanburg Highway.
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There were a lot of green shirts, people representing the group, Friends of East Flat Rock, which opposed to the plant.
“It’s not zoned for industrial. It’s zoned for residential and office commercial,” Friends of East Flat Rock co-founder Michelle Tennant said.
Tennant lives about 1,100 feet from the proposed site.
“I’m not against business growth,” she said. “I just want it to be done in a responsible way.”
SE Asphalt owner Jeff Shipman said he’s doing just that.
"We’ve had all the scientific reports performed, and we’re willing to provide this information to the community, and no one has been interested to find out,” he said.
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Tennant said she’s worried the plant will impact the environment in a negative way.
“Absolutely not,” Shipman said. “If it were going to have any type of environmental issue whatsoever, we would not be doing it,” he said.
Still, Tennant and her group remain vigilant in their fight to protect their land.
"We’ll continue to fight this,” she said.
The board is expected to vote on the plant on June 1st in a special meeting, in which no public comment will be heard.
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