As a resident of Forsyth County, I am extremely concerned about proposed zoning amendment AZ140021. If approved, it would allow a large auto body shop/collision repair center to be constructed adjacent to several residential neighborhoods.
The Environmental Protection Agency has identified many serious health and environmental threats associated with collision repair facilities. For this reason and others, most communities have historically only allowed auto body shops in industrial areas. The placement of body shops near residential areas unnecessarily exposes humans and the environment to air toxics.
According to the EPAs website, the known health threats from collision repair centers include: Particulate matter — associated with asthma, heart attacks, bronchitis and premature mortality; volatile organic compounds — which are tied to asthma and bronchitis; hazardous air pollutants, including lead, chromium and cadmium — which contribute towards neurotoxicity and lung cancer; diisocyanates — which is a leading cause of occupational asthma and skin and lung sensitization; solvents — associated with headaches, nausea, liver, kidney and nervous system damage.
Body shops and collision repair centers are rightfully and wisely confined to industrial areas. To allow them to move next door to residential neighborhoods does not benefit our community.