Tarrant County neighbors fight for ‘right to not have a cement plant’ in back yards

OCTOBER 19, 2018 

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Angry residents Thursday said a proposed concrete batch plant would destroy their country lifestyle in unincorporated Tarrant County near Mansfield.

A standing-room-only crowd expressed frustration at the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality hearing that many of their concerns — including diesel from cement trucks and water quality — were outside the jurisdiction of TCEQ.

State Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, worked with State Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville, to set up the hearing at Red’s Roadhouse in Kennedale. He strongly opposed the project and said he would explore what could be done to change the law to protect residents from future projects like this.

“I will do whatever I can do to oppose this plant being put here,” Zedler said. “We have a batch plant wanting to move right into the center of where a neighborhood is.”