CCSD appeals permit allowing Wells Cargo expansion

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Hundreds of children at Spring Valley High School are battling respiratory issues, and according to the school, it may be because of the nearby Wells Cargo Asphalt plant.

On Thursday, the Clark County School District tried to stop the expansion of Wells Cargo, by appealing a permit approved by the county for the company to increase its work.  However, convincing the county proved to be a tough task.

Neighbors have long complained that the work goes all night; it’s loud, and more importantly, it dumps unhealthy dust all over homes and yards in the area.

The Clark County School District got involved in the fight when staff noticed students getting sick, reporting more than 300 with breathing problems.

While the district admits its own air testing has been inconclusive, it decided to fight the county and the company over approved expansion plans.

Spring Valley High Principal Tam Larnard said, “We have students; enough is enough.”

Despite his impassioned plea, Clark County spent the late afternoon poking holes in the district’s claims.  It pointed out how CCSD’s arguments keep changing. Clark County also said it did its own testing and monitoring of the Wells Cargo site, and it shows nothing harmful.

Neighbors say that’s the point: Monitoring is based on numbers. What’s really needed is actual measuring of what’s really in the air.

No matter what happens Thursday night, the homeowners are expected to take the issue to court.
 

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