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July 31, 2013 | 3,607 views | 13 comments

NIXON -- The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has approved registration for Gordon Swenson to apply domestic septage on 298.3 acres of property that straddles the Gonzales/Wilson county line.

The acreage is part of larger holdings, totaling approximately 401.63 acres, located on C.R. 483 near Nixon. The registration is good for five years and allows Swenson to apply septage -- treated human waste -- to fertilize a hay field. According to engineer Donald Rauschuber, representing Swenson in a March 28 presentation in Wilson County, the waste is the irreducible solids left in a septic tank after treatment. These solids are periodically pumped from the tank to prevent settling and filling the tank; residential septic tanks are designed to retain sludge for one to three years, Rauschuber said.

The TCEQ approval follows a March 28 public hearing in the Wilson County Criminal Justice Center in Floresville. Residents of Gonzales and Wilson counties packed the meeting to oppose the application.

A chief opponent of the application, Dr. Jim Story, owns property near the approved site. A neurologist, Story said at the time, “Residential septage is rife with [viruses] and remnants of illegal drugs, heavy metals, and other substances.”

Entities that approved resolutions opposing Swenson’s application include the Wilson County Commissioners Court, the Nixon Hospital District, and the Nixon-Smiley, Floresville, Poth, and Stockdale school districts.
 

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Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
August 6, 2013 6:00am
 
The USDA has ok'd a human waste (bio solids) based compost product sold and currently on the market in Texas. The agency responsible for environmental quality in the state of Texas approved this project. Since some school ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
August 5, 2013 10:03am
 
Any talks about human waste should definitely include Obama.

 
Cgbarn  
La Vernia, TX  
August 2, 2013 8:25pm
 
I wish there was a "like" button on this forum because I definitely liked Mr. Prairie Grouch's comment about a Poop tomato tasting just like a regular one. Too funny! I agree with the rest of you, I can't see anything ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 2, 2013 4:26pm
 
Spot on, Prairie!

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 2, 2013 4:22pm
 
I am surprised that all of you Mother Jones liberals who championed organic farming are not jumping on the band wagon and praising this approved project. You Obama democrats should join them because this project will reduce ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 2, 2013 4:11pm
 
Senior Citizen.....I sorta misread your comment and my reply didn't really make sense after I reread both of our statements......I must have had a senior moment although I didn't expect those until I pass 95. Have a great ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 2, 2013 3:27pm
 
Well, Prairie, all this reminded me of people having a fit because a landowner wanted to put in an RV Park here and needed permission from the eighbors to put in a septic tank system. They were all over it because of the smell ... More ›

 
Glenn Quagmire  
Quahog, Rhode Island  
August 2, 2013 3:15pm
 
What a crappy deal.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 2, 2013 3:10pm
 
Senior Citizen.....Were you referring to placing my prized tomato into the septic tank before processing ? I think the seeds ended up in the sludge through natural means and god produced a fine product through his magic. :)

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 2, 2013 2:54pm
 
You said it, Prairie. You'd think someone wanted to put in a septic tank, for heaven's sake!

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