Westerville neighbors are celebrating their first amazing victory


COLUMBUS — It all started in April 2004 when a group of Westerville, Blendon Township, and Columbus neighbors met with the representatives of Ohio Citizen Action, the state’s largest environmental organization.

The problem was evident: two asphalt plants, Shelly and Kokosing, producing asphalt at a combined rate of about 800 tons per hour, caused offensive odors, air and water pollution, dust, and noise. It was a no-brainer that two asphalt plants, notorious for their non-compliance with air and water regulations, were putting an unfair burden on the surrounding community.

Ohio Citizen Action’s good neighbor campaigns are designed to bring the company and the community together to start a dialogue and resolve environmental problems. If the companies do not take this approach seriously, public pressure and intensive campaign will be heading their way.

Simona Vaclavikova, Ohio Citizen Action

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