A manufacturing facility in Ball Ground has applied for an air quality permit from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to continue making road construction materials.

According to a statement from the EPD, the East Cherokee Plant of Baldwin Paving Co. at 13895 E. Cherokee Drive recently applied for a new air-quality permit in order to construct an asphalt drum mix plant to be located at the site. Eric Cornwell with the EPD’s Air Protection Branch explained that permits like this are fairly standard across the state for facilities such as this and issued to industrial centers that might exceed the limits of chemicals allowed into the air. Chemicals covered under air quality permits include nitrous oxide (5 tons per year) and carbon monoxide (20 tons per year).

The East Cherokee Plant’s permit is currently under review, with Cornwell explaining a decision on the application would be reached by mid to late January.

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