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July 21, 2013

Biosolids concerns topic of August TCEQ meeting

Company cited for violation

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He requested the TCEQ accept a petition from an Ellis County landowner seeking to open a rule-making process on the issue and asked that the commission allow input statewide as the proposed regulation changes wouldn’t affect Parker County residents.

TCEQ did so and a meeting, and next month’s meeting in Springtown is one of four to be held across the state on the issue.

“I encourage our residents to participate and have a voice in the rule-making process,” Riley said. “We appreciate the TCEQ holding this meeting in Parker County to give our residents who are negatively affected by Renda Environmental’s actions an opportunity to express their thoughts. I have said it before and I will say it again: rural Texas is becoming a dumping ground and that is just not right.”

“We just want the issue solved so that our residents can get back to enjoying life as normal without the horrible odors and all the flies,” Conley said.

Though a report on the Parker County investigation was still pending and not expected to be released until August, TCEQ did release a notice of violation it sent Renda last week following the Parker County investigation.

A June 25 investigation revealed that the company had not obtained written authorization to construct a sludge storage area, the letter noted.

TCEQ recommended the company submit state code required documentation and a letter requesting authorization for the existing storage.

Renda was also issued three other notices of violation since the beginning of May for locations near Boyd, Rhome and Decatur, all in Wise County, according to documents provided to the Weatherford Democrat.

One of the violations in Wise County was for strong, offensive odors resembling decaying flesh and raw sewage traveling off-site and impacting neighbors. The investigator felt nauseous because of the odors, and workers at a nearby location were observed to be wearing surgical masks to avoid the odors.

Employees at the neighboring property vomited due to the odors and a meeting scheduled at the location had to be moved because of the smell, according to written statements provide by two citizens near the Decatur site.

Failure to prevent tracking of the material along the roadways adjacent to the application site near Boyd was also noted.

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