Asphalt Smell Affecting Citizens

9 years 3 weeks 2 days ago November 14, 2007 Nov 14, 2007 Wednesday, November 14 2007 Wednesday, November 14, 2007 9:57:41 PM CST in News

A new asphalt plant is causing problems for one Sunrise Beach family.

Jeri and Steve Landon have lived in Sunrise Beach for the last 14 years. They say pollutants are making their lives miserable.

"There have been days that our children could not even be in their bedrooms because it smelled so bad in our house. They had to shut their doors and come downstairs," explained Jeri Landon.

The Landons fear carbon monoxide, lead and mercury from the asphalt plant could be endangering their children's health. There was already an asphalt plant across the road for the Landon's house. But with the new one, now they have one next door, too.

"People need to stop and think, 'how much is this worth in material value toward the health of our children and our families? How much is this worth over here?'" said Steve Landon

KOMU tried to contact Lake Asphalt Paving Company, but no one responded to our phone calls. The mayor of Sunrise Beach says he couldn't stop the second plant from getting its operating permit.

"We can deny a case, but then we would be in a court case and from what I understand, we would lose," explained Kurt Mooney, Sunrise Beach Mayor.

Without support from neighbors or the city council, the Landons feel alone in their struggle.

Reported by Jessa Lewis

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