Opposition continues to mount against the proposed Caltrans Asphalt Plant in Delleker/ Portola, which would be built on the banks of the Middle Fork of the Wild and Scenic Feather River, in the floodplain of the river, in FEMA’s 100 year flood zone. It would be surprising if asphalt and toxic chemicals did not get washed down the river to the Graeagle area and beyond if this plant is built.
Why the alarm about this? Look at the above pic of the proposed asphalt plant site. Everything south of the tracks is part of this 20 acre site. Now look at the screenshot from a drone video taken just 6 years ago (click here to watch the whole video). At least half of the site is flooded, locations where Hat Creek proposes to place their stockpiles and wastewater ponds. Asphalt plants are some of the most toxic and disruptive industrial activities. To try and put something so impactful in such a sensitive vulnerable location on a river that provides 27 million Californians with drinking water shows a serious disconnection with reality.
If this parcel of land next to the river would be zoned today, would it be zoned heavy industrial? This land is part of the flood zone of the river and needs to be a buffer zone between industrial uses and the river, not a site for noisy, toxic, and hazardous materials.
Take action TODAY:
- Comments are due Saturday June 10th! You have only this week, though Sat. June 10th, to read the environmental report and submit comments and opposition to the Zoning Administrator Tracey Ferguson via TimEvans@countyofplumas.com with the subject line “Hat Creek Construction Site Development Permit CEQA MND 686 Comment.” You can cc. the Plumas County Board of Supervisors (where this may end up) at email@example.com
- Call Caltrans District 2 and Tell them NOT to pollute the Feather River with their asphalt production needs and to please rule out the Delleker location for their Highway 70 repaving needs! (530) 225-3426
- Call State Senator Brian Dahle and ask that he intervene to oppose this asphalt plant (916) 651-4001
- Call State Assemblymember Megan Dahle and ask that she intervene to oppose the plant. 916-319-2001