Posted by: micotexas | January 14, 2010

TCEQ Public Meeting Preliminary Information

Alex Berksan, the Reviewing Engineer at the TCEQ in Austin handling this permit request informed me by phone on January 11 that a Public Meeting would be held regarding the Zumwalt rock crusher air permit.  He had no further information regarding where or when the TCEQ would hold the meeting.

I spoke to the TCEQ Office of Public Assistance this morning (January 14) and they confirmed the Public Meeting was going to take place but it had not yet been scheduled.  I was also informed the TCEQ has no requirement to publish any notification of a public meeting (the word ‘absurd’ comes to mind)  but said once it had been scheduled they would place the meeting on their TCEQ Calendar of Public Meetings and Hearings and would “attempt” to send out notice of the meeting to everyone who had sent in a written or email comment on the permit request.

As soon as we have information from the TCEQ of the time and location of the meeting we will post it here.

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Responses

  1. TCEQ on Tuesday Jan 19 confirmed the 7:00 p.m. Feb 9, 2010 meeting at the Lake Hills Civic Center. Its on! Below is a letter from the TCEQ media spokesperson who confirmed the meeting.
    ————————————————–

    Here is a partial list of TCEQ folks attending the Feb 9 meeting,.

    Mike Gould – TCEQ air permits
    Alex Berksan – TCEQ air permits
    Amy Browning – TCEQ legal staff

    We will also have two or three members of our Office of Public Assistance attending.

    If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.

    Lisa

    Lisa Wheeler
    Media Relations
    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    (512) 239-5003
    Office Hours: 6:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri.
    lwheeler@tceq.state.tx.us

  2. Alert Update on “tentative” public meeting date:

    An “informal pubic meeting”on the Zumwalt quarry has been tentatively scheduled for Feb 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Hills Civic Center, according to TCEQ media spokesperson Lisa Wheeler. I am supposed to call her Monday Jan 18 at 512-239 -5003 to see if the date and time have been confirmed. State Representative Tracy King asked for and was granted the public meeting with TCEQ officials

    Alert Addendum on new 30 day comment period:

    Zumwalt’s 30 day notice period for his TCEQ air permit began anew on Jan 14 because of a mis-posted notice sign. The new deadline for deadline for public comment is around Feb 13, or whenever the 30 days expire. I was told by [Carlos] Uresti’s office the notice was republished on Jan 14 but I am not certain in what paper. I did not see the Zumwalt notice in the Hondo Anvil Herald so maybe it was in the SA-Express. But two pieces of good news–the new TCEQ 30 day notice period and the TCEQ Feb 9 public meeting–is better than sneezing at aggregated dust!

    • Interesting info about the start over date. I heard something similar yesterday from a different source. As of yesterday the TCEQ does not have the same information.

      I spoke to the TCEQ Office of Public Assistance Friday afternoon and was told the comments they had received regarding improper notification and sign placement were being reviewed by their legal department and that there were no changes to the 30 day comment period scheduled to end on Jan 29.

      I checked the sign placement again a few minutes ago (Saturday morning, Jan 16) and did not see where any signs have been moved or added. I also looked carefully for notices published on January 14 in the Hondo Anvil, SA Express and Castroville News Bulletin and saw nothing from Zumwalt. The only other possibility is the Helotes Echo which I will check later today.

      UPDATE: The Wed, Jan 13 issue of the Helotes Echo contained no legal notices.

  3. An “informal pubic meeting” has been tentatively scheduled for Feb 9, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Hills Civic Center, according to TCEQ media spokesperson Lisa Wheeler. The meetingh was requested by State Representative Tracy King. I am supposed to call Ms. Wheeler at TCEQ in Austin Monday Jan 18 at 512-239 -5003 to see if the date and time have been confirmed.

  4. This projected meeting is of the utmost importance to all of us, therefore we should all do our homework. We must present as many facts as we can find without putting us in legal jeopardy. We should have experts on board who could address potential well and foundation damage caused by blasting. The Bandera County Commissioner had a lot of expertise in many areas, he should be there.
    Our letter writing, emails and phone calls to TCEQ has paid off, our desired meeting is pending. Should we have specific individuals to address issue or this an open forum?

  5. The Lakehills Civic Center would be the most logical place to hold the meeting but we won’t know for sure until we get the official word from the TCEQ.

  6. I believe it will be at the Lakehills Center where we had the meeting on Tuesday.


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