Rose Law Group Land-use and Regulatory Attorney Tom Galvin talks to AZCentral about La Paz aluminum plant; stresses safety standards, economic benefits

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Alliance Metals

By Ian James | Arizona Republic

A company’s plan to build an aluminum recycling plant in a farming town in La Paz County drew an outpouring of opposition during a meeting where people urged environmental regulators not to sign off on the project.

Homeowners and local businesspeople told officials from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality that their communities will suffer if the state grants an air-quality permit for the proposed Alliance Metals plant in Wenden.

They said the air pollution would threaten people’s health, and the risk of a chemical spill should be considered. They said they fear that if the smelter is built, property values would drop. Some of the people who took the microphone during Wednesday night’s meeting said they’re especially concerned about children in the community.