There are several ways to look at Tuesday's council vote (the 2nd of 3) to advance Duane Dominy's plan to rezone a South Nashville community to accommodate a new asphalt plant. One is the view that we need to give the council a chance to hunker down in their committees and study this before they vote for it on third reading. That is the standard saw on controversial issues.
Another way to look at Tuesday's vote is from a community-based health perspective, particularly with regard to children's greater susceptibility to health risks given the poisons emitted from the asphalt production process: hydrogen sulfide, benzene, chromium, formaldehyde, cadmium, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and arsenic. So, how did council members vote on the matter of public health, community safety and prevention of habitat poisoning?
Support exposing local kids to asphalt toxins
Duane Dominy (bill sponsor)
Robert Duvall (bill sponsor)
Brady Banks (former director of the Office of Neighborhoods!)
Phil Claiborne (already voted on Planning Commission to recommend)
Oppose exposing local kids to asphalt toxins
Jerry Maynard (spoke out forcefully against 3rd asphalt plant)
Anthony Davis (spoke out forcefully against 3rd asphalt plant)
Bo Mitchell (asked council to hold a 2nd public hearing)
Wishy-washy about exposing local kids to asphalt toxins
Karen Johnson (abstained from vote)
If you see your CM on the "support" list, you may want to contact them and ask them if they would want their own children or grandchildren exposed to chromium or arsenic or why working class neighborhoods shoulder the burden of Nashville's toxic industries while wealthier communities enjoy a bye from participating in chemical roulette.
UPDATE: A commenter refers us to a Facebook page started by the opponents of Duane Dominy's rezoning bill. Jump.