Dear Fayette County Friends:
We were asked to pass this on to you about tomorrow's meeting held by the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality in LaGrange. Please attend if you can and pass it on.
Recent stormwater runoff in nearby Baylor Creek, which runs west of the plant, after heavy rainfall last month has community members concerned about toxic chemicals from Fayette polluting their water.
“Last month’s rain caused Baylor Creek to turn a creamy buttermilk-like color, and now the TCEQ wants to go ahead and renew a permit to allow LCRA to continue to discharge wastewater into nearby Cedar Creek without providing any answers about what got into our water,” said Harvey Hayek, Fayette County landowner and founding member of Texans for Responsible Energy and Water. “When we discovered the pollution in Baylor Creek, we immediately paid for water analysis out of our own pockets, and now we want to know why the lab results show high levels of aluminum, arsenic, sulfate, calcium, iron, copper, and lead pollution. These pollutants are often associated with coal ash waste, and TCEQ needs to investigate and explain the source of that pollution before any decision is made to allow more waste to run down Cedar Creek.”
Local citizens as well as representatives from local organizations including Texans for Responsible Energy and Water, the Sierra Club, and the Environmental Integrity Project will be available for comment at the meeting.
WHAT: Public meeting on water pollution permit renewal for coal-fired Fayette power plant
WHEN: Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Knights of Columbus Community Center, 190 South Brown Street, La Grange, TX 78945