Protestors with signs line up in front of city hall nearly an hour before the Muncie City Council meeting on Aug. 5. Several agenda items including public comment on the Waelz Sustainable plant at the former Borg Warner site brought out hundreds of people. (Photo: Corey Ohlenkamp/Star Press)
YORKTOWN, ind. — Amid a week of widespread local debate over the Waelz steel dust recyling plant proposed for part of the former BorgWarner site, the Yorktown Town Council has officially come out in opposition to the project.
A statement posted to the Town of Yorktown Facebook page Friday morning stated, in part, “After much research and due diligence, the Council for the Town of Yorktown has taken an official stance in opposition of the proposed facility for the old BorgWarner site in Muncie.”
The statement went on to acknowledge the need for redevelopment in the area, but said the project just down Ind. 32 from the heart of Yorktown would not be “an attractive nor viable partner in the development of our community,” and that its construction and operation would adversely affect property values.
Yorktown’s statement was released just days after hundreds of citizens attended a Muncie City Council meeting, with the crowd spilling out of city hall into the parking lot, to confront city officials about concerns over the health and environmental effects of the proposed hazardous waste recycling facility. In response, Muncie city council members agreed to reconsider their earlier approval of the facility by referring it to a committee for further study and public input.
Waelz is still seeking a construction permit from the Indiana Department of of Environmental Management.
(This article will be updated.)
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