Saturday, June 30, 2001

Residents want action against Lafarge plant

By Stephenie Steitzer
Enquirer Contributor

        Steve Bellamy is tired of all the stink a neighboring building products plant has been making.

        Mr. Bellamy, who has lived in Silver Grove for nearly 40 years, said he will ask city council on Tuesday to take action against Lafarge Gypsum Co. It is one of the largest drywall factories in the world, which has been operating in Campbell County for about two years.

        Numerous Silver Grove residents are angry about excessive dust, noise, vibrations and light they say the plant has been generating.

        Mr. Bellamy, who also has filed a civil suit with eight other residents against the plant, said gypsum dust has blanketed his home. The plant's noise and vibrations are unbearable.

        “Basically, we are just tired of it down here,” he said.

        Lafarge officials could not be reached for comment Friday.

        Residents will ask council to provide funding for the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission to investigate the plant and take action if necessary.

        The meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Silver Grove City Building.


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