Hearing set Aug. 13 in Springtown on human waste dumping

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will hold a hearing in Springtown Aug. 13 on proposed new regulations governing the dumping of human waste.

State Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) requested an investigation into the practice by the City of Fort Worth after complaints from residents in Wise and Parker counties. The Aug. 13 hearing is the first in a series of public meetings on the issue.

“In May, my office began to receive calls from residents regarding a contractor for the City of Fort Worth dumping human waste near their homes,” King said. The “horrible odor” has been a problem near Boyd as well as near Springtown.

King said a call to Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price resulted in a call to the contractor ordering an immediate halt to the dumping until the concerns of nearby residents were addressed. TCEQ has since issued an enforcement letter to the contractor directing that dumping operations cease pending further investigation.

A formal hearing was held in Austin on June 18.

“I believe the regulations on waste dumping are clearly insufficient,” King said. “I requested that TCEQ strengthen these rules. At the hearing, the Commission decided to initiate a process to change those regulations.”

The Springtown meeting, which will be at 7 p.m. at the Springtown Senior Center on North Main Street (Farm Road 51) will be the first of several meetings in that process. Citizens are encouraged to attend to provide input to TCEQ representatives.

“Parker and Wise County officials have also been very engaged in responding to this problem,” King said. “We are working together to see this process through to a positive outcome.”

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