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Your Views: Shingle recycling plant raises lots of concerns for Walworth County

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June 13, 2014

My concern about the proposed shingle recycling operation is the impact this heavy industrial operation will have in a residential/agricultural zone.

The Lafayette Plan Commission voted “yes” (5-2) to recommend a conditional-use permit despite hundreds of citizens objecting to the proposed heavy industrial recycling operation. A Walworth County hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the courthouse.

 Similar operations were re-zoned for heavy industrial permits.

The county should:

-- Study and estimate sufficient bonds for road repairs from heavy truck traffic.

-- Study water quality prior to permitting to account for environmental pollution.

-- Require a reclamation bond for site cleanup after the permit has expired.

-- Require a revocable conditional-use permit with an annual renewal stipulation based on performance and compliance.

-- Explore alternatives to removing the shingles without having an industrial (for profit) recycling plant.

-- Provide opportunities for Wisconsin businesses to use these resources instead of out-of-state, limited-liability companies.

Illinois enforces strict regulations for shingle recycling. Whatever can’t be dumped in Illinois could get dumped here.

We must demand that the abandoned shingle pile be tested for hazardous contaminants before a processing permit is awarded. The county board must do due diligence to protect our community from hazardous waste processing. We cannot just let them grind this “mystery pile” and subject our community to whatever has been dumped in this site.

Our county board should be concerned with the well-being of our community, not the profits of out-of-state banks and companies.

GREG COOPER

Town of Lafayette



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