Asphalt Batch Plants

The topic of asphalt batch plants has come up in Sumner recently. Although the City has not received an application for a new asphalt batch plant, zoning code changes related to an existing mineral extraction company prompted some questions since the State defines asphalt batching as an accessory use of mineral extraction.

The City Council passed the zoning code changes for the existing concrete facility, but also enacted Interim Development Regulations (IDR) that temporarily prohibit future expansion of existing facilities or the addition of new facilities. This will allow staff and the State Department of Health to study potential health impacts of asphalt batching facilities. The IDR does not affect the daily operations of the asphalt batch plant already existing and operating in Sumner just off Puyallup Street.

This project page is part of our process to study this issue together.

It will help keep you on track for reports coming out, opportunities to comment on various phases of the process and general information. Both the Health Impact Assessment and Real Estate reports will be posted here when received for you to review. Please check the timeline to see the full process, including when comment periods are available. As always, dates can change. Check here for the latest update or sign up to receive e-mail updates about this project.

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The topic of asphalt batch plants has come up in Sumner recently. Although the City has not received an application for a new asphalt batch plant, zoning code changes related to an existing mineral extraction company prompted some questions since the State defines asphalt batching as an accessory use of mineral extraction.

The City Council passed the zoning code changes for the existing concrete facility, but also enacted Interim Development Regulations (IDR) that temporarily prohibit future expansion of existing facilities or the addition of new facilities. This will allow staff and the State Department of Health to study potential health impacts of asphalt batching facilities. The IDR does not affect the daily operations of the asphalt batch plant already existing and operating in Sumner just off Puyallup Street.

This project page is part of our process to study this issue together.

It will help keep you on track for reports coming out, opportunities to comment on various phases of the process and general information. Both the Health Impact Assessment and Real Estate reports will be posted here when received for you to review. Please check the timeline to see the full process, including when comment periods are available. As always, dates can change. Check here for the latest update or sign up to receive e-mail updates about this project.

Indicates an open public meeting where you can come listen, but there is no public comment portion.

Indicates a deadline or progress being made.

Indicates a meeting that includes a public hearing or chance to add comments.

Do you have any general comments or questions about this topic in general? Ask here and we will respond soon. Please note that because this process is about studying this topic, we may not have a response until the actual assessments return.

Q&A

  • Since you passed the new zoning for Corliss, does that mean they can use accessory as an asphalt plant? So the studies you are currently doing are all for not and it’s a done deal? When will the citizens of Sumner get an update on those studies?

    Linda Till asked 29 days ago

    When the Council passed zoning amendments, they also passed an Interim Development Regulation which prohibits any new asphalt batch plants until the studies are completed and Council has had time to contemplate the facts and data that will be provided.  The Health Impact Assessment (HIA) will be completed in December.  All reports will be available to the public for review and comment in this forum and at open public meetings and a public hearing.  Please take a look at the schedule on this website and follow us for updates.


  • What has the city done to protect the citizens around the current asphalt plant? How has the city managed to ensure that asphalt plant is filling all EP A rules? Where can I find what the city is doing to ensure the citizens are safe from the current plant?

    Linda Till asked 29 days ago

    The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency ensures we have clean air to breath in the region.  They play a significant part in permitting and monitoring such uses.  You can contact them at 206-343-8800 and they'll be able to provide you copies of monitoring reports and data of the plant.  To date the City of Sumner hasn't received any complaints for this facility. 

    Additionally, in 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deleted asphalt concrete manufacturing (batch plant) as a source category because “available data indicate that there are no major sources in any of the source categories” (Federal Register, Vol.  67, No. 29, p. 6521). 

  • How is the city going to protect the 3 mile radius of a new asphalt batch plant when the following is within that Radius? 3 mile radius summary: Dieringer well City Water Aquifer Residential housing, commercial Businesses and farmland Lake Tapps 2 rivers - Puyallup and White River 3 Senior Care facilities 7 Towns counting Sumner 2 mile radius: Central Well City Water Aquifer Residential housing, commercial Businesses and Farmland 3 lakes, Lake Tapps, Bonney Lake, Debra Jane Lake 2  rivers Puyallup and White river 13 schools 9 Parks 2 senior care facilities 2 towns Bonney Lake and Sumner 1 mile radius: County Springs City Water Aquifer Elhi Springs City Water Aquifer South Well City Water Aquifer Sumner Springs City Water Aquifer Weber Springs City Water Aquifer A total of 5 of our seven city water Supplies are within a 1 mile radius! Residential housing, commercial Businesses and Farmland ‪Puyallup River‬ Salmon Creek, Salmon Springs 1 School 3 Parks YMCA 5 Senior Care Facilities 2 towns Sumner and Bonney Lake In conclusion, if you don't get a handle on this catastrophe problem that is waiting to happen, we will all suffer not only with our health, but our water supplies, food that we eat, rivers, lakes, springs and stream pollution and our property devaluation all for Corliss Corporate profits! I think the citizens of Sumner and our surrounding towns deserve better than that. Please vote “NO” for Corliss asphalt plant in Sumner. Thank you

    Linda Till asked 29 days ago

    The City has partnered with the State Department of Health, who will provide us a Health Impact Assessment for asphalt batch plants in general. This study will provide facts and data to help the City Council make an educated decision about future zoning allowances throughout the city. This report will be available to the public in December. Please keep in mind the City Council only has jurisdiction over areas within our city limits. Pierce County’s zones already allow for asphalt batch plants as a conditional use.