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POSTED: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 5:42pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 6:07pm

El Paso businesses are concerned that health standards could go down if City Council allows heavy manufacturing to take place feet away from their businesses.

Neal Heikkinen from BorderComm says that he is concerned.

"My primary concern here is our employees. And having that type of facility next door is not conducive to a good business environment or health standards for employees," Heikkinen said.

Some companies say that changing from an M1 zone which means light manufacturing to an M2 heavy manufacturing zone could cause potential harm.

Dave Ferguson from XPEDX is also against having heavy manufacturing next to his business.

"An M2 type of business potentially poses threats to our people or imposes additional concerns that might relate to the environmental health and safety." Ferguson said.

This sign was posted just a few months ago and it caught the attention of the businesses around it.

"One of the potential companies coming into that location, should it be rezoned to M2, would have an operation that is involved in recycling and crushing automobiles," Ferguson said.

Businesses want people to know that their companies aren't in an isolated area this could potentially effect a lot of people.

"I could throw a rock from here to Cielo Vista Mall," Ferguson said.

This particular item has been postponed a second time today, and companies say that the issue should be easily resolved.

"There are reasons that city have ordinances and they have these type of stipulations for these type of instances. It should be a no brainer," Heikkinen said.

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