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‘Wet area’ raises concerns in El Rancho Grande park




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FLORESVILLE -- A portable-restroom rental company that has a location in the Floresville Economic Development Corp.’s (FEDC) El Rancho Grande Industrial Park on F.M. 537 south of here is working closely with the FEDC and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in an ongoing investigation.

A complaint alleged A-1 Rocket Industries was dumping raw sewage from the portable restrooms in the park.

A-1 Rocket’s owner, Ryan Zimmer, said his company is working closely with the TCEQ to resolve the situation and that inspectors from the commission have made two visits to the Floresville facility since the complaint was filed.

As for whether any dumping or discharging of raw sewage occurred, Zimmer said, “Absolutely not.”

He added, “We were washing trucks and some freshwater tanks. There was some water on our parking lot. But we are absolutely not discharging on our facility.”

FEDC Executive Director Tommy Baker mentioned the matter during the corporation’s Feb. 10 board meeting. Baker, in a letter to the Wilson County News, praised A-1 Rocket for its continued cooperation in the matter. (See page 12A.)

“A-1 Industries has been polite and cooperative with all visits and investigations, and there are no accusations of any contamination by A-1 Industries,” Baker wrote. “At this time we await the investigator’s final report.”

TCEQ spokesman Lisa Wheeler confirmed the existence of the “open and ongoing” investigation Feb. 11.

“The San Antonio regional office has conducted an initial on-site investigation of the above listed complaint,” she said.

For more on the FEDC’s Feb. 10 meeting, see related article below.

According to the TCEQ website, the complaint was received Jan. 16 via the commission’s emergency response line.

 

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