Concerned Residents Voice Opinion On Proposed Landfill/Transfer Station

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

The TCEQ is hearing from hundreds of angry citizens who are against a proposed landfill and transfer station in Hempstead.

If approved, the landfill and transfer station would be just north of the Highway 6 and Highway 290 intersection. That could mean more traffic congestion for residents of Bryan/College Station.

"Whenever this news came out, and we started organizing a group to fight this landfill, that took most of our time. It has taken most of our time,” said Donna Dishroon, a Hempstead resident.

If a permit is approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, a landfill and transfer station would sit near Highway 290 and Highway 6. It would bring nearly 200 trucks to the area daily, and it could cause traffic issues on Highway 6 for drivers coming to and from Bryan and College Station.

"I don't think I could tolerate it. I think I would have a heart attack because I would be so mad about it,” said Jimmy Dishroon, another Hempstead resident.

The Hempstead couple helped form a group called Citizens Against The Landfill. Going at about 1,000 people strong, many members of the group showed up at Hempstead High School to a TCEQ public hearing.

The transfer station and landfill would be at the same location, but they are two individual permits the TCEQ has to approve. Because they are different permits, they have their own public hearing. This one was only on the transfer station.

We spoke with attorney Anthony Tatu who represents TCEQ. He says the group’s efforts aren't going

"Every comment that is made, we are obligated to look at those comments and respond to them. There could be things that we don't know about like the site that the citizens might know about, and we would have to ask the applicant about those things,” said Tatu.

TCEQ's response to the comments will come in a written form in the next couple of months.

TCEQ says they will have a second public hearing for the landfill permit in the next few months.

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