Agreement reached, Brazos County construction debris landfill in the works

KYLE 28
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 2:54pm

It's been an on-going battle for the past year ever since the Brushy community learned of Brazos Valley Recycling's plans to create a 111 foot high construction debris landfill in their backyard.

"We were shocked that this was going to happen because we had not heard about it at all," said John Bounds.

Bounds and a group of others formed the 'Concerned Citizens for Safety Health and Justice' to fight back against BVR's plans.

After months of going back and forth between mediation, the two opposing sides have finally reached a mutual agreement.

"In a mediation they say it's successful if both sides come out a little unhappy and I think that happened to a degree," Bounds said.

Now instead of having a 111 foot high landfill, Charles Mancuso owner of BVR, has agreed to cap the height at 75 feet, pave a road in the neighborhood and restrict truck traffic to help eliminate air pollution.

The company will also provide money to the community for neighborhood improvements.

"We are very very pleased to have an agreement reached and have everything taken care of now, we really are," said Bounds.

We talked with Mancuso who says he's happy with the outcome but because of the agreement reached, he couldn't talk specifics.

A compromise after months of debate that now makes both parties satisfied.

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