Martin Marietta, City of Fort Collins Reach Agreement
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The City of Fort Collins and Martin Marietta Materials Inc. have come to a mutual agreement that would increase City oversight and provide additional improvements to the Martin Marietta asphalt plant.
The City has worked with the plant managers and nearby residents for the past year in response to concerns over Martin Marietta’s application for a new air permit for its asphalt plant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The state issued its final approval of the air permit on Jan. 7, 2015.
“These passionate residents and Martin Marietta leaders have worked hard in recent weeks with the City to find a solution that satisfies all the parties involved,” said Deputy City Manager Jeff Mihelich who led the negotiations on the City’s behalf. “This has been a terrific collaboration that will result in changes at the plant in the near future. Martin Marietta leadership has been very transparent throughout this process and should be commended for stepping up to address citizen concerns.”
“I’m very pleased that we were able to reach a collective agreement. We pride ourselves on operating the cleanest and safest plants in the industry. Martin Marietta will continue to meet and exceed all rules and regulations of Colorado Air Quality Control Commission and the Colorado Air Pollution Prevention and Control Act as well as all federal rules and regulations. Our commitments provide transparency for our neighbors. We want our neighbors, in all communities in which we operate to know that we are committed to addressing their concerns to the best of our ability,” said David Lemesany of Martin Marietta.
“Our group came together in an effort to ensure Martin Marietta was operating its plant in the most environmentally compatible manner as possible. We look forward to observing the improvements that are spelled out in this agreement between the City and Martin Marietta,” said Kevin Pass of Citizens Against Asphalt Toxins or CAAT. “CAAT’s goal has always been to protect and enhance air quality. We have accomplished a great deal and we will continue to work with Martin Marietta.”
The City also agreed to require that all trucks operating on behalf of the City to enter and exit the plant from the north along Taft Hill Road. In addition, the City committed to modifying its Traffic Code to require covered loads on all City streets. All parties acknowledged that the City cannot regulate loads on state and county roads.