Topic: air quality control, does it exist?
Registered: May 2001
posted April 14, 2002 09:09 AM
I have found that there is an area on the south side of fm179 just west of the water tower that is a large open field. The smell of the air around this area is so pungent that at times I am surprised I don’t witness birds falling out of the sky and leaves shriveling up. I believe the field is the repository of the collected human waste from those necessary portable toilets that we have all seen at building sites. I can understand that there must be a place to dump this waste. I also understand that this field has been used for many, many years. I do not understand how, considering the tremendous growth in the immediate area, this dumping is permitted to go on. The smell is awful and I would bet that if an air sample were taken on one of the more severe days, that the sample would probably be in excess of whatever standards there are. I would also assume that the water down stream of this runoff isn’t really what you would want to drink. I have personally witnessed a couple of workers pull the plug on these trucks while on the edge of the field and just watch it flow. So in these several instances the material was not spread evenly over the field, just dumped in a corner.
I have spoken with several residents in the area; they have been told that the owner is within his rights, because he is abiding by the current regulations.
I ask if anyone can enlighten us on the air standards of the area and what enforcement is available.
From: Wimberley, TX
Registered: Jul 2001
posted April 15, 2002 07:36 AM
Call the Sewage Permit Team of the TNRCC at (512) 239-4671. They should be able to help you.
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