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June 16, 2013

Raising a stink

While residents complain of the smell, other environmental concerns are aired over spraying of treated sewage on acres of pastureland

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TCEQ also reportedly collected samples of the biosolids for testing.

The state agency received many similar complaints in Wise County last month, many in the Boyd area, records show.

“We did document odor nuisance conditions during our investigation in Wise County which resulted in a referral for formal enforcement action including an assessment of administrative penalties,” Morrow said of the Wise County investigation.

An individual landowner in Ellis County filed a petition with TCEQ last month to amend the sludge application regulations to prohibit land application of sludge in certain areas in or near cities.

The requested changes don’t appear to apply to counties such as Parker. The proposal targets counties with more than 140,000 people and adjacent to counties with populations of more than 2 million, such as Tarrant, Denton, Collin and Ellis counties.

The petition is expected to go before the TCEQ commission on Tuesday and a change could be considered in a process that includes stakeholder meetings, adoption and publication of a draft rule, and a public comment period.

“My office will continue to monitor this situation and stay engaged in the rule-making process as it moves forward,” King promised this week.

An outdoor town hall meeting to discuss the issue in Parker County has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday morning at the intersection of J.E. Woody Road and Hutcheson Hill Road. The Parker County Commissioner’s Court is expected to attend, according to an agenda published Friday and Conley said that TCEQ has also been invited to attend.

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