The Louisa County Planning Commission recommended approval on May 9 of a rezoning request by Boxley Materials Co., which wants to build an asphalt plant on 21 acres near Zion Crossroads.
The commission also backed Boxley’s conditional use permit request to allow it to build a structure taller than 65 feet.
Ken Arthur, a company official, told the commission that 15 to 20 employees will work on-site. By the third year of operations he anticipates 80 truck trips per day using Poindexter Road to access Midway Lane, a dead-end road parallel to Interstate 64.
Arthur said air emissions from the plant are comparable to the total from 13 residential fireplaces, citing data from the National Asphalt Pavement Association. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality regulates asphalt plants.
“Technology has taken us so far from where we were 20 years ago,” Arthur said. “They’re not even on the radar as major polluters anymore.”
(Compiled by David Holtzman)
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s May 16, 2019 issue.
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