Opponents continue to speak against Speedway plan in Delmont

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 12:31 p.m.

Delmont residents might know the fate of a proposed Speedway by the end of the month.

Borough officials said Tuesday that the planning commission could rule against a proposed gas station and convenience store along Route 66 at its Oct. 24 meeting. Developers haven't yet filed to request the borough vacate a portion of an alley that is part of the proposal.

“Right now, I don't know that the planning commission can act favorably,” Solicitor Dan Hewitt said.

About 10 residents attended Tuesday's council meeting, despite the Speedway proposal not being on the agenda. Several spoke against the proposal.

“I'm concerned about the health and welfare of everybody on Harrison Avenue,” resident Rebecca Killian said.

She said she worries about the health risks — such as cancer, asthma and respiratory problems — associated with the exposure to diesel fumes. The World Health Organization classifies diesel exhaust as a carcinogen, and the federal Environmental Protection Agency classifies the exhaust as “likely to be carcinogenic.”

“My whole concern is that (Speedway) is in a residential area, where people would be exposed to this 24 hours a day,” Killian said.

The proposal will be reviewed and voted on at a planning commission meeting slated for Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the borough building. Under state regulations, a decision must be made on the proposal by mid-November.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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