One of the residents complained she had five pets that came down with cancer. Another resident complained she started getting debilitating migraine headaches starting in 2007.
A third resident, Al, said his 6 year old asthmatic child had to be admitted to the ER five times, twice two times in one day. He lives in the Woodbridge area. He is a particle physicist and electrical engineer and said since the city isn't doing any air quality testing he will take it upon himself and publish the results on a web site.
The Mayor and Councilman Hank Myers said the city doesn't have jurisdiction over Watson Asphalt air quality and that Puget Sound Clean Air Authority has jurisdiction to enforce existing laws. David Morton spent over an hour talking to Puget Sound Clean Air Authority with no results. Al said the City "should stop deferring and start championing" the testing of air quality.
Watson Asphalt Paving Company is located in SE Redmond and the Mayor said any changes to the zoning code would not effect existing businesses.
During the Budget Hearing David Morton asked Council to consider funding $200,000 to upgrades of Watson's industrial refining processes.
Reported by Bob Yoder