League of Independent Voters of Texas

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.

Keep an eye out for a very important update on the "water front" and an action request. Thank you!

THURSDAY: Public Meeting Seeks to Address Pollution Issues From Fayette Power Project
Local residents to raise concerns, present evidence of water pollution near power plant

La Grange, Texas – On Thursday, April 9 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will hold a meeting regarding a water discharge permit renewal request for the Fayette Power Project, a coal-fired power plant located outside La Grange, TX. Commissioners will answer questions and gather comments from concerned citizens and stakeholders regarding alleged groundwater and surface water from the power plant.

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

Dave Cortez
Central Texas Organizing Representative
The Sierra Club
o: 512.477.1729 x 104
c: 512.736.7600

League of Independent Voters of Texas
PO Box 651 * Bastrop, TX 78602
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