Biedermann Talks to TCEQ
Texas state Rep. Kyle Biedermann, R-Dist. 73, announced in a statement this week that he met with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) officials in Austin on Monday to discuss the proposed Vulcan Quarry, which has sparked outrage with his constituents in Comal County.
Discussions focused on modifying and improving TCEQ’s air- and wastewater-permitting process, planning and execution of “remedies” during drought conditions, and TCEQ’s enforcement policy on water supply systems, he said.
“During this meeting, I reaffirmed my commitment to continue working closely with the TCEQ and ensuring that the people’s concerns of District 73 are my highest concern,” he said.
“I have experienced staff members who are fully engaged and working on TCEQ-related issues and projects. I will continue to keep my constituents updated on our positive efforts.”
Specifics weren’t available.
Sabrina Houser-Amaya with Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry said she’s not sure what the meeting was all about.
“They’re sweeping back the ocean with a broom,” said the activist, who tangled with TCEQ at a Feb. 27 hearing about an air-quality permit which, if granted by TCEQ, would greenlight construction of Vulcan Materials’ proposed 1,500-acre open-pit, rock-crushing limestone quarry at SH 46 and FM 3009.
“It’s nice that he’s meeting with him, but there’s no substance to the statement.”
However, she said Biedermann so far is the only elected official willing to step up and challenge development of the quarry, which is located within five miles of these subdivisions:
Shearer Road and the Forks
Rim Rock Ranch
Dawn View Acres & Misty Hills
Smokey Mountain Ranch
Ridgeview Oaks East
Seven Hills Ranch
Comal Country Estates
Sun Valley Village
Bear Creek Hills