Public Hearing Thursday Night For Proposed Private Landfill Near CS

*10 P.M. Update*

A new construction debris landfill is planned for just west of College Station along Highway 60.

And at some point it could reach 11 stories high.

News 3 has reaction from Thursday's public hearing on the project that's planned by Brazos Valley Recycling.

A 42 acre site at Brazos Valley Recycling could become a massive mound of construction waste in the coming years.

Owner Charles Mancuso says right now the debris is already being trucked into his place but they have to send it to the landfill in Grimes County.

"The community needs it. This is something that we need here. It's close to where the construction's happening," said Charles Mancuso.

Thursday night more than 50 people attended the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality meeting for the plan that would bring 120 to 150 tons of construction waste to the site at F-M 60 and Stewarts Meadow every day.

John Millhollon has lived just across F-M 60 at his five acre homesite the past 15 years.

"We have been very concerned about the fact that we are going to have a ten or eleven story dump almost in line of site of our front porch," Millhollon said.

"The 112 feet height I think is quite, quite a concern we have the Easterwood Airport out there," said Irma Cauley, Brazos County Commissioner for Precinct 4, during the hearing.

Jim Jett is the developer for Aggieland Business Park and the landlord for G-Con and Caliber Biotherapeutics. He says he's fine with the plan that would require the waste be covered with dirt and grass on a weekly basis.

"When the discussion was all finally said and done I was comfortable and am now comfortable to have this in my trade area if you will," said Jim Jett.

Only construction-related items would be allowed, no household garbage.

"From construction sites, putrescible things that rot and cause odors are prohibited just those types of materials," explained Steven Shepherd, a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Attorney.

"We're concerned that it's going to make an impact upon the value of our homestead and that's our major investment in life is what we built out there," added John Millhollon.

If the plan is approved Mancuso says it would be two to three years before they'd start dumping here and it would be a least 15 years before the hole was filled in and the mound really started to grow above ground.

Thursday marked the end of the comment period for the plan.

TCEQ is expected to make a decision on the landfill in two months to a year.

Once filled up in about 30 years we're told the mound would like like a large grass covered hill.

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Brazos Valley residents are invited to attend a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality meeting Thursday night to learn more about a proposed 42 acre private landfill.

Brazos Valley Recycling is looking at a plan to turn a site into a construction waste landfill along their property at F-M 60 and Stewarts Meadow west of College Station.

The site would be able to take in approximately 800 tons of waste per day and would become an 11-story hill after about 30 years.

The owner says construction materials are already coming into their property there, but have to be hauled to Grimes County.

"What I propose is take the material from here it'll never get back on a county or a public road it'll go from straight in my building to the pit so no more truck traffic, as far as extra truck traffic," said Charles Mancuso, Owner of Brazos Valley Recycling.

The public meeting to learn more about the plan and also make comments is happening Thursday night at 7 in the Ballroom of the Brazos County Expo, located at 5827 Leonard Road in Bryan.

News 3 will have coverage from the meeting on Thursday's "Ten at 10" Newscast.


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