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NC company sues opponents to its concrete plant

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A company that wants to locate a concrete plant in western North Carolina has sued opponents of that plant, saying the company was libeled.

The Citizen-Times of Asheville reported Saturday that Blue Ridge Concrete is suing the North Buncombe Association of Concerned Citizens and its director Aaron Pohl-Zaretsky.

Pohl-Zaretsky said he thinks the lawsuit was an attempt to intimidate him and others from testifying at a hearing last week on the company's air quality permit application.

The suit contends the company was libeled by the association publishing on its website an illustration showing a concrete truck crashing into a school bus. The suit also contends a statement about alleged problems at other plants owned by Blue Ridge was libelous.

Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times

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