FAA clears way for concrete crushing plant near airport


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Posted Online: Feb. 15, 2013, 7:35 pm
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By Sarah Hayden, shayden@qconline.com
Coal Valley's last hope to stop a proposed concrete crushing plant near the Quad City International Airport was dashed recently when the Federal Aviation Administration ruled that such an operation would not jeopardize air traffic.

The plant, planned for the southeast corner of U.S. 6 and 150 in Moline, on the Coal Valley border, would turn discarded concrete into reusable material.

In a letter to Coal Valley village administrator Alan Wilson dated Jan. 14, the FAA disclosed a "determination of no hazard to air navigation" finding was issued to the airport.

The letter stated if the plant is found to have an impact on airport operations once it is running, the FAA will take measures such as increasing airplane approach minimums and other options.

The FAA wrote, "it is common for airports to have concrete recycling plants on airport property during new construction and/or rehabilitation of airfield pavement". The FAA doesn't expect the plant to have an impact on the airport since it will located more than 3,500 feet from the nearest runway.

The airport completed its own review of the proposed plant and agreed to the development provided the facility follow necessary procedures to eliminate problems it might cause for the airport.

Coal Valley trustees aren't happy with the outcome but accept there is little they can do to stop the project.

"Our concern is dust and noise and how it affects the quality of life for Coal Valley residents," said Mr. Wilson.

Miller Trucking and Excavating purchased the property in 2003 and had it rezoned in 2010 to allow for construction of the plant.

Jarrod and Justin Miller, owners of Miller Trucking and Excavating, could not be reached for comment.

















 



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