Preliminary hearing held about proposed Brazos County landfill

POSTED: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 4:24pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 10:35pm

Like many in the neighborhood, Dorothy Butler has lived in her Brushy home since 1971.

For the past year she and a group of others called the "Concerned Citizens for Safety, Health and Justice" have been fighting back against a proposed 111 foot high landfill.

"I can't understand people," Butler said. "The bible says you treat people the way you want to be treated and if you don't want that in your backyard, you shouldn't try to put it in somebody else's because that stuff is deadly."

On Wednesday a preliminary hearing and mediation was held between the concerned citizens, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Charles Mancuso, the owner of Brazos Valley Recycling, in an effort to reach a mutual agreement.

"We'll be talking about the specific concerns that the citizens in the area have and discussing either factors that are currently apart of the landfill design and operation or additional things that might be able to be implemented to address those concerns," said Mancuso's lawyer, Brent Ryan.

If certain issues aren't resolved, the opposing sides will have a contested hearing case; something TCEQ attorney, Steven Shepard, says is typical.

"It's similar to a regular trial before a judge where you go through and have a chance to put on your expert witnesses, testimony and deposition and experts," said Shepard.

A contested hearing date hasn't been set yet and a final decision on the proposed landfill's future most likely won't be made until sometime early next year.


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