June 16, 2023 (CONCORD, NH) – Amid fierce community opposition, Nashua officials have rejected a proposal from Newport Construction Corporation to build a polluting asphalt plant in the city. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response.
“The community spoke loud and clear in opposition of this polluting plant,” said CLF Environmental Justice Advocate Jordan Thompson. “The company irresponsibly attempted to push through its plan to build this facility in the middle of a diverse neighborhood that Nashua is invested in improving. The city absolutely made the right decision to deny this plant and protect the health, safety and quality of life of the neighborhood instead.”
The asphalt plant would have been built in an environmental justice community that is home to many immigrants and people of color. The proposed plant would have been dirty, noisy, worsened air quality, and brought hundreds of heavy diesel trucks to the neighborhood every day. This victory is a testament to the passion and dedication of dozens of community members who have led the grassroots opposition to this proposed plant over the past year.
CLF experts are available for further comment.