In North Carolina, about 150 "hot-mix" asphalt plants produce an average of 100,000 tons of asphalt a year, each.
The asphalt industry's proposal to reduce the distance between homes and plants in Durham is only one of several ongoing controversies across the state. In Chatham County, citizens are mounting a protest campaign against the expansion of the S.T. Wooten Co. asphalt plant, and in Swain County in western North Carolina, residents are battling a plant proposed by HMC Paving.
For more information, see:
The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (
U.S. Dept. of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (http://www.osha-slc.gov/SLTC/asphaltfumes/)
The N.C. Division of Air Quality (http://daq.state.nc.us/quick/asphalt/)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's December 2000 report on asphalt plant emissions (http://www.epa.gov/ttn/emc/asphalt/ea-report.pdf)