By: Jessica Shorten
COLDSPRINGS, TX – A proposition for a new landfill in San Jacinto County near the Sam Houston National Forest has residents concerned and angry about the consequences such a development could have on the land for years to come.
Peach Creek Environmental is filing for a permit to open a landfill between FM 1725 and Jayhawker Rd. off of Fostoria Tram Rd. in San Jacinto County. The landfill is set to cover 115 acres, with the permitted area for landfill spanning 636 acres.
As stated in the permitting documents submitted by Peach Creek Environmental, the landfill will accept municipal solid waste, Class 2 and 3 Industrial Waste, and Special Waste.
According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Class 2 and 3 waste covers “inert and essentially insoluble industrial solid waste” such as demolition debris like rock, brick, glass, as well as certain plastics and empty non-hazardous chemical containers. The special waste designation is typically needed to received waste from grease/grit traps, liquid wastes, and sludge. However, the documentation provided by Peach Creek Environmental states the landfill will not accept those types of waste, but still needs the designation in order to accept the class 2 and 3 industrial waste.
Unlike the Security landfill, this new proposed landfill will not accept any kind of used motor oils or oil filters, which were a cause of many complaints for the Security landfill.
Despite the changes, many residents are still not keen on a landfill moving into their backyard.
Just a few miles away from the Sam Houston National Forest, the landfill still poses the risk of being an eye and nose sore for residents in the area as well as a potential water contamination source in years to come, but the San Jacinto Commissioners Court has already clarified they have no real authority on the placement of the landfill.
The TCEQ is set to have a virtual hearing on September 28, 2021 to allow the public to hear and comment on the proposed landfill. Ahead of the September 28th hearing, Taylor’s Organization held a community gathering at the VFW in Cleveland in order to discuss and coordinate a community response against the placement of the landfill in the area.
Members of the public who would like to ask questions or provide comments during the official TCEQ meeting may access the meeting via webcast by following this link: https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar and entering Webinar ID: 695-776-027.
It is recommended that you join the webinar and register for the public meeting at least 15 minutes before the meeting begins. You will be given the option to use your computer audio or to use your phone for participating in the webinar.
Those without internet access must call (512) 239-1201 at least one day prior to the meeting to register for the meeting and to obtain information for participating telephonically. Members of the public who wish to only listen to the meeting may call, toll free, (914) 614-3221 and enter access code 365-674-558.
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