Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Thu, September 26 2013 at 10:09 PM, Updated: Thu, September 26 2013 at 11:15 PM
Talent residents are cheering because they say they finally get a breath of fresh air, air they say has been polluted for twelve years and they blame their neighbor Mountain View Paving.
"The thing fires up in the morning and it sounds like a 747 in your backyard and why its been permitted this long is unreasonable in many levels," says Lynn Horn a Mountain View resident.
Thursday a Jackson County Hearing Judge denied an appeal filed by the owners of the plant saying the asphalt company does not conform to land use regulations and that they're in a flood zone.
But residents brought the plant to the county's attention mostly concerned about air quality.
Talent City Councilwoman Darby Stricker also supports the county's decision to move or shut down the plant.
We hope the county will now enforce the decision and its our expectation that the operator takes this time and finds a new location.
Stricker says the plant has a permit but that it never conformed to county rules. The owners of Mountain View did not return our calls for comment Thursday. But according to court documents, claimed the previous business had been operating that way since the 60's so they should be grand-fathered in.
"There's a reason you don't allow heavy industry next to residents its polluting the area it's causing breathing problems there's terrible odors their right in the flood plain and that could cause damages during a flood," says Stricker.
Resident say this is one neighbor they won't miss calling Thursday's decision a win for the city.
The owners do have the opportunity to appeal to a State Land use Board.
NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.
She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.
Roma is very proud of her Mexican heritage. She is bi-lingual and looks forward to serving our Hispanic community.
She loves food, music and the San Francisco Giants. She lives by the slogan “viva la vida!”