Wells Cargo to build second asphalt plant despite appeals from CCSD

By Daniel R.C. DeLuca

SPRING VALLEY, NV — Wells Cargo Construction, a local asphalt contractor, has had yet an appeal filed against their efforts to grow as part of an ongoing feud between themselves and the neighborhoods immediately affected.  The contractor has been planning to expand operations since 2016, ultimately culminating in the construction of a second plant adjacent to their main gravel pit.  This pit, which is located next to Spring Valley High School, is affecting the health of students, according to principal Tam Lanerd.

Despite allegations by CCSD, the Clark County Department of Air Quality has deemed Wells Cargo to be in compliance with all state and county regulations.  Furthermore, the Wells Cargo Company has claims to their land which predate Spring Valley homeowners’ claims.  Thursday, CCSD’s appeal against Wells Cargo was unanimously denied by the Air Pollution Control Hearing Board.  The new plant is expected to produce over 1.25 million tons of asphalt, may go towards improving the local job market and hurry road repair efforts.

The Clark County Commission will have the next say in approving Wells Cargo’s construction permit; nonetheless, Lanerd and the CCSD are expected to file a lawsuit in the hopes of reaching a compromise.