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Proposed Brazos Valley Recycling landfill project put on hold

POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 1, 2013 - 1:27pm

A proposed landfill at Brazos Valley Recycling has a number of homeowners outraged.

For the past several months they've been fighting back against the recycling center's plans to move forward with the 11-story landfill.

This project is now on hold.

Cora Rogers has lived in her rural Brushy community home for over 20 years but eight years ago when Brazos Valley Recycling moved in down the road, her health began deteriorating.

"I have started having respiratory problems," said Rogers. "I've had pneumonia twice in the last year and another dose of it this year also."

So when Rogers found out BVRr's plans to create a 111 foot high landfill for construction debris, she and a group of others called the "Concerned Citizens for Safety, Health and Justice" decided to fight back.

"How would you feel about having an 11-story high landfill?" asked Rogers. "You don't want it in your backyard, so we don't want it in ours."

"This is our home," stressed Dean Gage. "It would have just such a negative impact and danger to our health, to our safety, to our water wells and to our way of life."

It was a small victory Wednesday for those living near the recycling center.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality unanimously voted to put BVR's plans on hold for the next nine months while the two opposing sides try to reach an agreement.

"We clearly were not surprised when that was granted and approved yesterday in Austin because we firmly believe we have a very strong case," Gage said.

At the end of the nine months a contested hearing case will be held to determine if the landfill can be created as proposed.

We reached out to the owner of BVR, Charles Mancuso, but he declined to speak with us about TCEQ's decision.
 

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