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Newport neighbors concerned about proposed location of silicon plant

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NEWPORT, Wash. -

Take Highway 41 from Post Falls past Blanchard onto Rena Road and you’ll cross the state line into Washington, down a gravel road and that’s where you’ll find Hollie Drange.

"It's beautiful, it's peaceful and that's one of the reasons why we live out here,” Drange said.

Her own slice of peace and quiet, but Drange says with the proposed silicon plant now proposed quite literally in her backyard, she worries her livelihood will be at-risk.

But, she’s not the only one.

“That dust isn't going to stop at their property line, it's not going to stop at this property line as it affects our homes and it's not just going to stop when it gets to the Idaho state border,” her neighbor, Betty Berkhousen, said.

The Canadian-based company, Hi-Test Sands Incorporated, says they explored several different locations before choosing the proposed spot.

The company also says they will be tasked with keeping up with emissions testing both on a state and national level.


Drange and Berkhousen say they believe this will be a great way to boost economic development in the county, but the affects on their health has them skeptical.

“The bigger picture is what is it going to do to our environment around us,” Drange said, “what is it going to do to our community? What's it going to do to my neighbors, my family, to our future generations?”

According to HiTest Sands, they plan on having many more town-hall style meetings with residents to hear their concerns.

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