TCEQ will host a public conference call on June 28 at 6:30 p.m. Deadline to comment is June 29. Photo courtesy of Storyblocks.

June 24, 2021

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced its intention last month to bring back the rule exempting concrete batch plant applicants from explaining how they would address emissions and distance requirements at their facilities. The exemption was “inadvertently removed” in 2012, according to a press release.

Concrete batch plants produce these emissions: particulates (dust particles smaller than 1/1000 of a hair wide), volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides (help to produce ozone), nickel, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and more. These emissions are harmful to your health, including the lungs, heart, kidneys and liver.

Currently, members of the public have until midnight on June 29 to submit comments on the proposal using the TCEQ’s online portal, with all comments referencing Non-Rule Project No. 2021-016-OTH-NR. 

The TCEQ will also host a public meeting via telephone conference on June 28 starting at 6:30 p.m. Open discussion is not permitted. However, the agency staff will be available to discuss the exemption during the first half hour. Public testimony on the proposed rule will start at 7 p.m.

HOW TO HELP

• Ask TCEQ for an extension on the comment deadline. Email [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 512-239-6092 and ask for 30 to 60 more days for public comment. Make sure you let him know this is in regards to Concrete Batch Plants Amendment Registration docket number #2021-016-OTH-NR.

An extension will give us more time to organize citizens around the state re this proposed TCEQ rule change. 

• While talking or emailing David Munzenmaier about the extension, sign up to give testimony on Monday, June 28, phone call. See the sample script below and the information needed to sign up, including the docket number.

Don't be intimidated by giving your thoughts. Staff almost never ask questions during testimony, they are there to document your thoughts. We really need people statewide to participate. (See talking points below. )

• Show up for the call if no extension is granted. Public comment starts at 7 p.m. with Q&A allowed from the public a half hour before.  

• Let me know if you have asked for the extension or signed up to give testimony on the call. Email: [email protected] 

SAMPLE SCRIPT
(Please personalize your note.)

Dear Mr. Munzenmaier and TCEQ Staff,

My name is [name]. I represent [myself or title/organization]. My mailing address is [address/city//zip] and I can be reached at [phone].  

I just learned of the proposed amendment change regarding concrete batch plants. And I am writing as I would first like a 60 to 90-day extension on the public comment period regarding the air quality standards for concrete batch plants, docket number 2021-016-OTH-NR. And if no extension is granted, I would like to give public testimony on the evening of June 28th.

Thank you for your time, [name] and [repeat your phone number]

TCEQ CALL INSTRUCTION

To listen to or participate in the public meeting or the informal question-and-answer period prior to the meeting, members of the public should register as indicated below before 5 p.m. on June 27, 2021.

At 6:30 p.m. on June 28, 2021, members of the public may call, toll free, 1-877-820-7831(International: 1-720-279-0026) and enter access code 181446#. The line will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for members of the public to ask questions about the proposed standard permit. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., the line will be open only to receive official testimony from members of the public concerning the proposed standard permit.

Those interested in registering as participants may email david.munze[email protected] or leave a voicemail at 512-239-6092 with the following information:

Subject: CBP SP Amendment Registration for 2021-016-OTH-NR

Your Name

Title

Whom you represent (self or company/client)

Mailing Address

Phone Number

Whether you wish to provide official testimony

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on June 28, members of the public may listen in by calling 1-877-820-7831(International: 1-720-279-0026) and entering access code 181446#. More information is available on the TCEQ website.

Copies of the standard permit can be obtained from the TCEQ Standard Air Permits webpage.

FINAL NOTE

You don't have to be a technocrat to do this, just have to care enough. We want to show TCEQ that citizens around the state are watching, participating and care about this issue. 

Read this article in the Star Telegram where some Mansfield folks recently killed a concrete batch plant permit.

The legislature didn't get anything done on concrete batch plants....so it's up to us to take it into our own hands.


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