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Bipartisan Statement
from the Republican and Democratic Parties of Lincoln County
Opposing the Proposed Alto Concrete Batch Plant
March 15, 2022

As a matter of record, the Republican and Democratic Parties of Lincoln County stand in
bipartisan opposition to the construction and operation of the proposed Alto Concrete Batch
Plant (hereinafter referred to as “the proposed batch plant”). Public sentiment by residents and
engaged citizens runs high in opposition to this project and transcends party affiliation.
Both parties agree the proposed batch plant at the proposed location on the Billy the
Kid Scenic Byway (NM SH 220), would be out-of-place and inappropriate for this scenic, quiet,
semi-rural, residential and recreational area. The construction and operation of this plant would
pose severe impacts to the quality of life and economic viability of properties and businesses in
the Alto area.
The purpose of this joint statement is to review the ill effects of this project itemized in
your Resolution 2021-24 and on the Alto C.E.P. website. This also informs you of our
determination to send copies of this statement and attachments to all relevant agencies and
legislators, including the Governor. Briefly, the negative environmental and societal impacts are
summarized below:
➢ potential impact to the viability of the area’s natural water sources due to the volume of
water consumption and/or emissions from plant operations, including aerosol emissions
and water runoff from the plant site into nearby natural streams or seepage of water
runoff into the local aquifer
➢ water use in the range of 72,000 gallons per day for making concrete and mitigating
dust
➢ wastewater disposal that will seep into shallow aquifers and impact neighboring wells
and potentially the famed Snowy River Cave System
➢ heavy truck traffic and associated dust, light and noise pollution creating a nuisance,
annoyance and disturbance to residents, visitors and indigenous wildlife
➢ potential health issues for individuals with a wide variety of pre-existing conditions
➢ air pollution associated with dust and other fumes
This plant is planned along one of the most scenic byways in Lincoln County, and indeed all
of New Mexico. It would be visible for miles and represent a permanent scar on the landscape
and our reputations as responsible caretakers of our land. Local businesses could lose
sustainability or viability due to the out-of-place presence of a heavy industrial facility creating
an impactful source of fugitive emissions, noise and increased heavy truck traffic in an
otherwise pristine, quiet, and scenic alpine setting. Property values for residences and
neighborhoods in proximity to a heavy industrial facility are estimated to fall anywhere from
10% to 50% or even more depending on the property’s location.
To be clear, our bipartisan objection is not directed at a single individual, company or
specific industry. Rather, ours is an objection to the inappropriate introduction of heavy
industry into a pristine, scenic and natural setting, thereby preventing many from enjoying such
setting, and benefitting only a few.
Because of the amount of turmoil the proposed concrete batch plant has created within the
Alto community, our political parties have joined together to urge the Lincoln County Board of
Commissioners to enact ordinances to prevent future attempts by heavy industry to encroach
into inappropriate areas – such as the area along and surrounding the Billy the Kid Scenic
Byway. It is our bipartisan opinion that such ordinances should not simply prohibit industrial
growth within inappropriate areas, but also identify areas within the county where industrial
growth would be beneficial and therefore encouraged.
Sincerely,
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF LINCOLN COUNTY NM
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF LINCOLN COUNTY NM

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