Proposed Asphalt Plant Update: Permitting Division Approves Asphalt Plan Permit Application

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Your Update on What's Happening at the King County Council  

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Yesterday, after many years of strong opposition from the community, King County’s Permitting Division announced their decision to approve the permits for an asphalt plant sited along SR 169 across from the Cedar River. You can read more about this at the Seattle Times.

I am deeply troubled by King County’s decision to allow the asphalt plant to move forward. Siting an asphalt plant so close to the Cedar River — an environmentally sensitive location that is home to critical salmon habitat in addition to being a drinking water source for 1.4 million people in our region — presents an unwarranted risk of contamination and overly burdens rural communities with pollution, traffic, and other known impacts. This is shockingly poor land use policy that, I fear, will have harmful ramifications for generations to come.

Despite yesterday's disappointing announcement, I want to recognize those in our community who have organized against the asphalt plant and made their voice of opposition heard. From your help in 2017 getting the moratorium I sponsored on the asphalt plant passed at the King County Council, to your participation in numerous town halls, and time spent picketing at the proposed plant site—it is this community participation that truly powers the fight against the asphalt plant.

And this is a fight that will continue. As soon as the asphalt plant permits were approved, I sent a letter to the Permitting Division asking for their reconsideration and, at minimum, the imposition of the maximum mitigation measures possible to protect the local environment and the people of the greater Renton and Maple Valley area. I will continue to stand alongside the community however I can to further our shared mission of stopping the asphalt plant.

All my best,

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Reagan Dunn
King County Councilmember
District 9

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