TDAPC Holds Public Meeting on New Permit for Rock Breaking at Unicoi Asphalt Plant | News

The Tennessee Department of Air Pollution Control held an informal public meeting Tuesday to discuss the concerns of Uniqué residents about the application of Summers-Taylor Material Corps to build a mobile rock crusher and its effects on city air quality.

The meeting, which was held online, was organized in the form of questions and answers. Many townspeople asked questions and expressed their concerns about the construction and use of the rock crusherofficials from the TDAPC were there to answer.

The Mobriex MR130 impact crusher, Mobiscreen S190 screen, conveyors and other associated equipment will be used to process recycled asphalt, or RAP, along with crushed and screened rock at up to 13 sites, including the former Structural Asphalt Pavement Service Plant located on 320 Bill Road. Garland in Uniqui. Summers Taylor submitted a request to build a rock crusher on January 26th.

‘No way,’ said Summers-Taylor. Material CorpsPresident Grant Summers. “If it were a month out of the year here, I would be shocked. It’s definitely a mobile thing, and as we’ve talked before, this is a low-production plant for us. We want to bring it here enough to process the RAP that this plant needs, so it’s in no way something that will stay.” here “.

asked Margaret Lewis, who lives in Uniquí Several questions about how the TDAPC measures the amount of pollution emitted by a rock crusher. asked Louis If TDEC has installed an automatic air pollution monitoring system. TDAPC Deputy Director Jimmy Johnston states that these systems cost thousands of dollars and are only used on sites with a higher level of pollution.

I also asked Lewis if TDAPC had considered the geographic features of the plant’s whereabouts, including the mountainside and canyon, which it said would confine the pollution close to the ground.

“What I’m talking about is air pollution and what’s coming from the area half a mile away from where I live,” Lewis said.

johnston answer thatHe said the TDAPC uses regular inspections to make sure the contamination is regulated, and inspections can also be conducted if the TDAPC receives a complaint.

Other concerns addressed included one about inconsistencies in Summers-Taylor’s original permit application.

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“Summers-Taylor’s original permit application on January 25 stated that a new, more efficient rock crushing machine would replace an older, less efficient crushing unit, but their letter of application for the application stated that the location of this site was never permitted for crushing operations,” said Unicoi resident Judy Beckham. “The Company’s revised order, dated April 13, deletes these two statements and thanks TDAPC for your time and guidance on our permitting needs.”

Will Collins, Environment Manager at TDAPC, stated that the unit will be new and that the error in the application has been corrected.

“This is a new unit and not a replacement unit,” Collins said. “It happens. A lot of times we have consultants or charge officers or whatever, technical staff, they write these requests and they may or may go wrong in print because they have other projects they’re working on and it happens. We reviewed the request and returned it and made the correction.”

Residents also asked where Summers-Taylor is allowed to place equipment on the property.

“The permit application shows the same exact coordinates (latitude and longitude) as the current equipment location of the asphalt plant, and it is very crowded,” Unicoi resident Kurt Lewis said. “So, will all or part of the crusher assembly be outside the two-acre parcel, 50.03, where the asphalt plant equipment is located?”

Collins said TDAPC is unable to determine where Summers-Taylor will place its equipment.

“We can’t really say where they’re going to put their gear,” Collins said. “As far as we know, we give them consent to allow this, but where they put their equipment on their property, we have no say in that.”

A copy of the Build with TDEC Dataviewer application can be found at

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