Air Modeling for ITD Permit

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February 23, 2021

Mr. Jeff Smart
Chairman
Richmond County Board of Commissioners
105 W. Franklin Street
Rockingham, NC 28379

Dear Mr. Smart,

The members of the Richmond Clean Air Coalition have spent a great deal of time researching the International Tie Disposal Company, LLC that has applied for a permit to open their facility on CSX Railroad property that was recently rezoned from residential rural to heavy industrial at 173 Marks Creek Church Road in Hamlet, NC. Our members were involved in a virtual public question and answer session with the DAQ on Monday, February 22, 2021 and asked questions and received answers that were not completely consistent with the research that we have done.

We respectfully ask that the Richmond County Commissioners request that the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) require air quality modeling for the International Tie Disposal (ITD) facility and place the permit on hold until the study has been completed and shared with us.

We, as a group, would like to see industry brought into our county and jobs made available for our citizens. However, we do not feel this should be accomplished at the risk of our health, Hamlet's water source, and property devaluation around this facility.

Sincerely,

Richmond Clean Air Coalition
Concerned Citizens

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