Application for Georgetown Concrete Batch Plant Withdrawn in the Face of Opposition

William Phillips Air Pollution

In August 2021, Texcrete, Inc. applied to TCEQ for an air quality standard permit to build a concrete batch plant in Georgetown that would have neighbored the Stone Oak Ranch RV Resort. Specifically, the registration would have authorized the emission of particulate matter including aggregate, cement, and road dust. After its review processes, TCEQ’s Executive Director made a preliminary decision to issue the registration.

Our firm filed public comments and requests for a contested case hearing on behalf of the RV Resort and permanent residents within the resort. Our clients were rightly concerned about the potential impacts of the air emissions on the resort amenities, as well as the use and enjoyment of their home and the outdoor activities they took part in daily, and the potential negative health impacts from the emissions.

The TCEQ Commissioners considered the requests for a contested case hearing during an open meeting on June 1, 2022 and granted the hearing request of the permanent residents represented by our Firm. The matter was referred to the State Office of Administrative Hearings for a hearing on the merits of the application, a process which typically takes 6 months. Soon after, Texcrete requested to withdraw its application to TCEQ.

As of September 8, 2022, Texcrete’s application has been fully withdrawn and has now been returned to the Applicant.