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Editorial: The threat of contamination
Guest ColumnMay 30, 2012 | 1,133 views | 1 comment
By Robert L. Ryan, Ph.D.
A new company called Post Oak Clean Green, Inc. is threatening our local water supply. They plan to establish a Type I Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (dump) over the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer in eastern Guadalupe County. (TCEQ permit No. 2378).
I have lived in Wilson County for almost six years and owned land in western Gonzales County for over 42 years, and I see the immediate threat to my only underground water source in both counties. The Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer is the primary water source for Gonzales, Guadalupe, Wilson, and Atascosa counties.
With the threat of possible leakage into the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer, the water supply of Floresville, Gonzales, La Vernia, Marion, Schertz, Selma, Seguin, and many smaller communities is in danger.
The following are some points I have made in letters to our elected representatives and the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) expressing my opposition to the proposed landfill asking them to deny the TCEQ Permit No. 2378. I also oppose approval by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) of Application No. SWF-2011-00192 for the proposed landfill.
•Contamination of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer: The Post Oak Dump would be located on the outcrop of the Wilcox Aquifer and the recharge zone of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifers.
Any leaks or releases from the dumpsite caused by improper design, construction, or operation of the dump, despite assurances from the developers, would contaminate the precious and irreplaceable ground water resources of the area.
•Contamination of Surface Waters: The Post Oak Dump would be located adjacent to Nash Creek, which flows into the Guadalupe River.
Any leaks or releases from the dumpsite caused by improper design, construction, or operation of the dump would contaminate the precious and irreplaceable Guadalupe River System. This contamination could reach all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
•Contamination of Wetlands: The Post Oak Dump would be located directly adjacent to known wetlands, which are a prized ecological resource.
Any leaks or releases from the dumpsite caused by improper design, construction, or operation of the dump would contaminate these wetlands and result in harm to animal and plant life in the area.
•Inexperienced Landfill Owner/Operator: The permit applicant and its management/owners have no experience in the municipal solid waste industry. Owning and operating a modern Type I MSW landfill requires a depth of experience, competency, and a demonstrated track record of compliance, which Post Oak Clean Green, Inc. completely lacks.
Mistakes in the design, construction, and operation of the Post Oak Dump could have devastating human and environmental impact for years to come.
On April 24, the TCEQ held a public hearing in the Seguin Coliseum where more than 700 concerned citizens attended to express their opposition to the TCEQ Permit No. 2378 application. This application is in the first two steps of a four-step process with the TCEQ review of the technical specifications of the proposal.
Citizens of Wilson County are not immune from the long-term effects of an approval that might allow the establishment of the Post Oak Dump and the subsequent leakage/pollution of their essential aquifer.
I can only encourage our citizens to speak out and contact their elected representatives, water board districts officials, and water supply corporations to express grave concerns about the long-term detrimental effects of polluted leakage into the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer.
Ryan is a resident of Adkins.
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