Proposed concrete batch plant in Magnolia raises serious health, noise concerns
By Catherine Dominguez

Photo: Michael Minasi, Houston Chronicle Staff Photographer

Houston Chronicle
Sunday, May 7, 2017

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Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley has vowed to “rally the troops” in an effort to stop the construction of a concrete batch plant on Old Hockley Road in Magnolia.

However, hopes for a contested hearing regarding the plant may be off the table after officials with the Texas Commission on Environment Quality said Friday the requests for the contested hearing were received outside the 30-day window of the first public comment period and the commission will not grant a hearing. The first public comment period regarding the plant ended Jan. 9. The first request for a contested hearing was submitted three weeks later on Jan. 30.

A TCEQ spokesman did confirm the submitted written and oral comments opposing the plant will be considered before a decision is made on the permit.

According to the TCEQ site, more than 65 comments, both oral and written, opposing the plant have been receved by the commission.

Riley said he was told the hearing requests were submitted in time.

The issue came to light last week after a resident stopped to read a sign at the site of the potential concrete batch plant alerting residents to a public hearing April 27. The plant is proposed to be built about a half-mile from FM 1488 on Old Hockley Road…..

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