Posted by: micotexas | March 26, 2010

Executive Director of the TCEQ supports Motion for Reconsideration filed by Ranchland Oaks HOA


Background:  Zumwalt’s WPAP was sumbitted to the TCEQ on November 6, 2009.  The application stated the proposed site for the quarry was not in the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) of any city.  Per the TCEQ’s requirements, a copy of Zumwalt’s proposed WPAP was sent to the Medina County Judge, the Edwards Aquifer Authority and the Medina County Underground Water District on November 9, 2009.  (Note: The TCEQ receive no comments from these three agencies.  This is why we have to speak up as individuals since no one else seems concerned about our situation!).
On January 20, 2010 Zumwalt submitted a revision to his WPAP stating the proposed quarry site was within the ETJ of the City of San Antonio. (Note: this came about only because a number of concerned individuals read the application, realized Zumwalt’s application was inaccurate, and informed the TCEQ. )
The TCEQ approve Zumwalt’s WPAP on February 4, 2010 and on March 1 the Ranchland Oaks HOA filed a Motion for Reconsideration.  (See here for more information)
On March 25 the TCEQ Executive Director filed a response to the Motion for Reconsideration we filed regarding the TCEQ’s approval of Zumwalt’s Water Pollution Abatement Plan (WPAP).  The response reads, in part:
“Because projects regulated under the Edwards Aquifer Rules have the potential to affect the general health, safety  and welfare of people within a city’s ETJ [Extra Territorial Jurisdiction] and also have the potential to impact a city’s water pollution control and abatement plan in a city’s ETJ, the Executive Director sends EAPPs and WPAPs to incorporated cities, if the regulated activity is in either the city or the city’s ETJ.  Because the Zumwalt WPAP was initially inaccurate, San Antonio was not notified and did not have an opportunity to comment on the WPAP.”
” Conclusion: San Antonio did not receive notice for the Zumwalt limestone quarry, therefore the Executive Director respectfully recommends the Commission grants this motion.”


The Commission has until May 5 to rule on whether or not to grant the motion.

This recommendation by the Executive Director in favor of our opposition to the quarry is very encouraging.  However, we must continue our legal battle and oppose both Zumwalt’s air and water permits if we are to be successful in preventing the quarry from becoming a reality.  This opposition costs money as we must use the services of an attorney.  We need your help to continue this fight and pay our legal expenses.

Please send your tax-deductible contributions to the GEAA!  See here for details.  Only with your generosity and continued contributions can we prevent this quarry from operating in our back yards!

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