WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR. —
Residents of the Union Valley community near Nixon pack the fellowship hall of the Union Valley Baptist Church for a March 10 public hearing about a power plant being proposed for construction on C.R. 475.
Wilson County News March 18, 2015 3,826 views 1 comment
Residents of the Union Valley community near the Wilson-Gonzales county line soon could have a new neighbor in the form of an electrical power plant. The owner, Magnolia-based Navasota South Peakers Operating Co., a division of Navasota Energy, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for an air-quality permit. Representatives for the applicant, Raleigh, N.C.-based Environmental Consulting & Technology Inc., and TCEQ met with citizens to address their concerns at a March 10 public hearing in the fellowship hall of the Union Valley Baptist Church off F.M. 1681 northeast of Nixon. . . .
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Thanks to Wilson County News for the great coverage of this proposed project, beginning last year when the first notice of permit application was published. And thanks to the TCEQ hosts, the Navasota Energy presenters and the... More ›
Thanks to Wilson County News for the great coverage of this proposed project, beginning last year when the first notice of permit application was published. And thanks to the TCEQ hosts, the Navasota Energy presenters and the many citizens and officials that attended and asked and answered some important questions.
I have one correction to this article. During the Public Meeting I did voice objection to the location of this energy plant for several reasons, one of which is the interruption of continuous habitat for the flock of Sandhill Cranes that overwinters throughout the area each year. As to asking that the facility be constructed in the summer or spring, I did not. My position always has been, and still is, that if construction of the facility must be approved, it should be located in another area, preferably one that already has industrial activity, and not than in the middle of hundreds of acres of family farms and ranches and important wildlife habitat.
More on that note, including a request for information or correction. TCEQ apparently only evaluates the effects of air quality of the general area of a proposed new construction site. For some reason it seems Texas is not required to perform an onsite environmental assessment of a new facility's potential effects on the people, animals, plants, water and air (as I understand the EPA requires in other states for a new construction site). In phone calls prior to the meeting, and also during the meeting, I've asked TCEQ for an explanation of this and the answer has always been "I don't know." I'm still looking for an answer.