Vulcan and TCEQ take heat at public hearing on concrete plant permit
by Zeke MacCormack

San Antonio Express News
April 20, 2018

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BOERNE — Vulcan Materials has come under intense public criticism for its plan to open a concrete batch plant near a school in Kendall County, but opponents also have expressed frustration with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s permitting process.

The complaints came to a head last week at the agency’s public hearing on the requested permit for the plant, the final chance for public comment, with angry residents demanding new laws to better safeguard citizens under the state permitting process and many walking out about two and a half hours into the hearing.

Grant Dean of Texas Environmental Protection Coalition said those opposing permits for Vulcan’s project in Kendall County and its proposed quarry in Comal County should join forces with his group to demand legislators strengthen permitting requirements.

“We can’t put up with this any more y’all, and we are wasting our time by sitting here and saying the same things over and over again,” said Dean, urging allies to sign a petition calling for the TCEQ to halt the issuance of air permits until its rules are revised.

He made the appeal after TCEQ staffers reiterated at the hearing Thursday that state codes limit what issues can be considered in weighing whether to grant air permits like the one Vulcan is seeking to establish the proposed concrete plant eight miles east of Boerne off Texas 46, near Hill Country Montessori School……

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