To the Editor:

The idea of a microbrewery certainly has its attractions.

However, when one examines the details of the operation of such a manufacturing facility at 33 Camps Road in Kent, it becomes immediately apparent the middle of a residential area surrounded by wetlands is not a good location.

The public was invited to attend the on-site board meeting March 23 at 33 Camps Road.

This microbrewery would be detrimental.

As a frame of reference, 150,000 gallons of beer equals 4,839 full kegs, 9,678 half-kegs, or 266,000 12-oz, six packs of beer.

Some reasons for denying a permit for this operation:

There have been no environmental impact, water, air quality or traffic studies done, and there seems to be no plan for any;

There is no mechanism to monitor the quality or amount of effluent produced by the beer-making process;

The beer manufacturing process relies on the use of significant amounts of water for brewing, growing hops and barley, and for cleaning equipment. Our water table, wells and local ponds and wetlands could be adversely affected;

The odors emanating from the brewery and composting fields could be objectionable and uncontrollable;

Delivery and shipping trucks traveling these local roads do not have enough space to see and maneuver to avoid accidents with children, pets, walkers, cyclists, cars, motorcycles and the abundant wildlife which traverse our country roads;

Regular truck traffic would quicken the deterioration of our road surfaces, leading to increased maintenance costs to the towns involved, and ultimately to us, the taxpayers.

The very nature of these roads would be changed by widening and reclassification to allow large truck traffic;

A large paved area would be needed for loading and unloading trucks, with enough outdoor lighting to adhere to safety regulations. This would produce light pollution during evening and nighttime hours, disturbing nearby residents and nesting habits of wildlife; and

Noise pollution would result from the use of fork lifts and other heavy machinery, as well as backup signals from trucks approaching the loading dock.

Your opposition to this plant is needed before any further permits are granted.

The precedents that would be set by allowing this facility to operate would be far-reaching and devastating to our way of life and property values.

James Stasiak

New Milford