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Apex approves expansion of fuel-tank facility

Posted February 17, 2011 8:55 a.m. EST

— The Apex Town Council on Tuesday night approved plans to expand a fuel storage depot along Ten-Ten Road.

Town Manager Bruce Radford said that councilors voted 3-2 to allow Motiva Enterprises to build a seventh fuel storage tank. About 75 trucks fill up daily from gasoline stored in six existing tanks.

Some residents opposed to the expansion expressed concerned about quality of life, while Motiva brought in an expert witness to explain why the expansion should be approved.

Company representatives agreed to meet some conditions, including alleviating excess lighting and odor and noise from idling diesel trucks.

Radford said that Motiva plans to submit plans for the expansion immediately and that a review will probably last about 40 days before a building permit issued.