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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Denali withdraws permit

Yesterday, June 12 the TCEQ called with the unexpected news that Denali Water Solutions LLC had withdrawn the permit application to sludge the Wallace Farm. I waited to post until I had actually seen the documents that arrived this morning. Here they are:

Official withdrawal letter from Denali Water Solutions LLC to TCEQ

TCEQ acknowledgment of the withdrawal letter

It’s been a whirlwind since the Public Notice of the Permit Application first reached resident landowners within 1/4 mile of the proposed site at the end of May. As one of those recipients, I immediately began drafting this website. Within days, Rep. Cyrier and Sen. Watson fired the first salvo by sending a letter to the TCEQ requesting a public meeting on the permit. That letter was the first post on this site’s Scoops blog.

As word got out, citizens started submitting comments to the TCEQ to request a meeting and state how this project would harm them. Then just two weeks ago, Independent Texans organized a meeting at the Rockne VFW that was attended by over 200 people including Rep. Cyrier and Judge Pape! It was amazing to see such diversity coming together to learn about the problem we were facing.

The coup de grace came on Monday when the Commissioners Court unanimously approved Judge Pape’s carefully crafted Resolution opposing the permit. Tuesday morning the Judge sent the Resolution to TCEQ with a cover letter that eloquently described the County’s position regarding the permit. Officials in Austin received that communication later that day. Undoubtedly there were other factors that prompted Denali’s retreat but our local efforts had to have been a major part of the equation.

Well done one and all!!

For now we can breathe a sigh of relief. There will be reflections posted in the coming days as this turn of events sinks in. But just remember that the beast never sleeps, so we must remain vigilant.

County’s letter to TCEQ

The morning after the Commissioner’s Court unanimously passed a Resolution opposing the Denali permit application, Judge Paul Pape sent this strongly worded letter to the TCEQ. Kudos to the Court for standing up to this ill-conceived proposal! Well done, one and all!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

County opposes sludge

This morning, the Bastrop County Commissioner’s Court unanimously passed a “Resolution in Opposition to the Land Application of Sewage Sludge by Denali Water Solutions LLC, TCEQ Application Permit No. WQ0005197000”. Four citizens supported the Resolution by speaking in opposition to the proposed permit. Some of those comments will be posted here shortly.

Signed Resolution

Friday, July 1, 2016

It’s NOT a sludge plant!

We’ve been keeping up with the comments submitted to the TCEQ. Some have been quite good. Those expressing personal opinions are of course useless. But others have been completely misinformed. There have been maybe a dozen opposing the “sludge plant” or something similar. I have no idea where these folks got that idea but in case anyone with that notion stops by here, let’s be perfectly clear. The permit is NOT for a “sludge plant”. It is for ground application of this toxic material over the Wilcox aquifer and in the Cedar Creek floodplain.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Come to the meeting!

Come on down to the Community Meeting this coming Tuesday, June 28!

Bastrop residents are just hearing about a permit application to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality by Denali Water Solutions to dump sludge from the city of Austin’s Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant on 2,000 acres of land in Cedar Creek between Highways 20 and 21 and FM 535. Most of this will be in the floodplain and abuts Cedar Creek itself.

We have called a community meeting to provide information about this on Tuesday, June 28th from 6:30 to 8 pm at the VFW Hall at 1503 FM 20, Rockne, Texas.

Rep. John Cyrier and Senator Kirk Watson have sent a letter to the TCEQ asking for a formal meeting for citizens to ask questions about this permit. TCEQ will call a meeting in the next few months.

The meeting this coming Tuesday is to inform citizens with what we know now and to ensure area residents are well informed and can take immediate action.

We urge residents to send a message to TCEQ today – requesting a public meeting, just as Cyrier and Watson have done – and to show up at next week’s community meeting for lots more information. Go here to post your request for a public meeting with the TCEQ: http://www14.tceq.texas.gov/epic/eComment/ and use this permit number: WQ0005197000.

Please note that Denali pulled out of Fayette County last week when residents let them know they did not want sludge in the Colorado Flood Plain. This is why it’s important that the TCEQ receive your comments.

Folks can visit our website at www.IndyTexans.org. Click on the link “BASTROP ALERT: Don’t Sludge Us Austin! Or call us at 512-535-0989

By the people, for the people – that means it’s all up to you, Bastrop!

Linda Curtis

Independent Texans