Nashua, N.H., board rejects plan for asphalt plant

Heidi Trimarco, a staff attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation in New Hampshire, said the proposed asphalt plant in Nashua reflects the way industrial projects are often situated in disenfranchised communities that already shoulder a disproportionate share of environmental burdens.

“It’s really important that our planning boards take that into account and not site these projects, these dirty projects, in vulnerable communities,” she said, praising the city’s planning board for listening to the community and making “the right decision.”

Jordan Thompson, an environmental justice advocate with the Conservation Law Foundation, said the demographics of this part of Nashua should not be overlooked.

“This kind of thing doesn’t happen by accident,” he said. “There’s a reason why this site is being proposed for an asphalt plant and not a site in Hollis or another community that’s affluent and white.”

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