Cranston Citizens for Responsible Zoning and Development (CCRZD) is urging concerned residents to contact the DEM and insist that they reschedule the public hearing on the matter of the concrete plant. The DEM had promised to hold a hearing on this issue in July, but the hearing was never scheduled. Now, according the CCRZD, “On September 4th, the DEM will consider canceling the public hearing of Cullion/Karleetor Wetlands ‘Insignificant Alteration’ Permit.”
They provide the following sample text for the letter:
As a resident of Cranston, I urge you to revoke the above Permit, which was modified by Karleetor/Cullion (Concrete Batching Plant) located on Marine Drive. This area is designated by FEMA as a floodplain, is part of a significant wetlands, and will be adversely affected by the air, noise, soil, and water pollution that will surely result from this industrial development. I am strongly opposed to the Cullion proposal and amazed that you would even consider granting them a permit to build and operate a public health hazard in my residential neighborhood.
I am also concerned about attempts being made by Cullion/Karleetor’s attorneys to prevent a public hearing on the above-matter. DEM had already agreed to hold the Hearing, and it was scheduled in July but never happened ~ why? Why has it not been rescheduled?
Since this development will directly affect my neighbors and my family, I feel that we are entitled to be heard on this matter. I have always had confidence in the DEM and its unwavering commitment to protect Rhode Island’s wetlands and citizens from exposure to unsafe air, water and noise pollution, and I hope that you will be strong on September 4th and resist efforts to silence Cranston residents.
We are relying on you make the right decision on September 4, a decision that will profoundly affect future generations who will have to deal with this problem.
Letters should be addressed to:
W. Michael Sullivan, Ph.D., Director
Rhode Island DEM
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
FAX: (401) 222-6802