Indiana city rejects concrete processing facility

Residents cite noise, air and contamination concerns.

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October 10, 2017
CDR Staff
Concrete and Aggregates Legislation & Regulations Recycling Facilities
The Columbus, Indiana, Board of Zoning Appeals rejected the proposal for a concrete recycling facility on the northwest side of the city, a report by The Republic says. The rejection came after more than 50 residents attended the meeting to share concerns about the facility.

Chris Rice applied for a conditional use permit to remove a scrap metal yard from seven acres of land and replace it with the facility, the report says. A crusher on-site would operate Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to work on 15 to 30-foot-high stockpiles. The plan also called for an average of 10 trucks per day working at the facility.

Rice’s attorney Jeff Rocker says in the report that the materials crushed would be used as an aggregate and that the crusher used would be equipped with an on-board dust suppression system. According to the report, more than 1,000 feet of dense forests to the east of the site would mitigate any dust that would be generated.

When asked about contaminated materials, Rocker says in the report that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Department of Transportation are responsible for flood control and oversight of contaminated materials, and concrete is not included.

Residents also cited concerns over noise, air pollution, dropped property values and the board voted 5-0 to reject the proposal after a three-hour meeting.