Anger persists over asphalt plant decision 

Open house saw 50 attendees ask detailed questions about the situation


One week after future residents of Cheakamus Crossing learned council signed an agreement to move an asphalt plant operation 150 metres from its current location, many are continuing to investigate the situation.

Worried homeowners are calling the Ministry of Environment, health professionals and the municipality, as well as combing through business license lists and environmental regulations to find reasons why the plant should not be allowed to operate so close to the new neighbourhood.

"The last open house left a lot of questions unanswered," said homeowner Tim Koshul. "I always go to these things with an open mind, and I always leave going, 'What was that all about?' I feel for our local politicians, but I need them to feel what we are going through."

Koshul is trying to find out if Alpine Paving has a business license in place, and he is trying to get an official medical opinion on the health impact of living next to an active asphalt plant.

His future neighbour, Natasha Fremont, echoed his concerns.

Fremont doesn't understand the municipality's support of the asphalt plant when the Official Community Plan and Whistler 2020 both say that heavy industry need to be moved out of Whistler.

She also wants to know how councillors voted during the closed council meeting when local lawmakers made their final decision.

"I find it somewhat appalling that we are not able to know who voted which way," said Fremont. "I want to know what that final vote was so I can know who of our council is so weak that they would stand up for our health in public and then sell us out in a protected shroud of secrecy."

The municipality announced on May 13 it had entered into an agreement with Alpine Paving Ltd. to relocate the plant behind a hill 150 metres south of its current site. The agreement includes a stringent new air quality bylaw, which will be implemented by Oct. 31.

Fremont guarantees she will continue to push for the plant to be moved permanently to an alternative, isolated setting.

"The choice to move the plant 150 metres was wimpy in my opinion," said Fremont. "Even people that aren't moving into the neighbourhood are just as shocked they are only moving it 150 metres."

The long list of resident concerns has continued to grow since the open house on Thursday, May 20 where residents got a chance to ask the mayor, municipal staff and representatives from the Ministry of Environment more questions about the asphalt plant situation.

About 50 people attended the information session, many of them bringing their children.


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