Groups Plan to Speak Out Against Proposed Quarry

By Elizabeth Ruiz

Some Comal County Homeowners oppose plans for a Vulcan Materials quarry and they plan to let the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality know it.

Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry is just one of the groups that will attend a TCEQ meeting tonight in New Braunfels.

“This is a quiet, residential Hill Country community and we do not want our land, water and air contaminated for the next 80 years,” said Sabrina Houser-Amaya with Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry. “It’s almost as if this quarry is being helicoptered in right on top of this beautiful land that, within a 5-mile radius, has over 12,000 residents.”

Vulcan Materials has applied for an air quality permit with TCEQ for a 2.4 mile area near SH 46 and FM 3009 in Comal County. Houser-Amaya is concerned that it’s over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, but a statement on Vulcan’s website says they vow “to protect and conserve water resources: Rock will be extracted from the upper surface above the aquifer water table; water will be recycled; and Trinity Aquifer water usage will be far less than a residential subdivision use.”

Opponents are concerned that the blasting, mining and rock-crushing at the facility will affect quality of life in the area.

“The dust particles, depending on their size, are respirable and can cause lung problems and other types of health concerns for our citizens,” said Houser-Amaya.

Vulcan says the company is “committed to working with our neighbors, answering questions and being a responsible member of the community.”

The TCEQ meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 tonight at the New Braunfels Civic Convention Center on Castell Avenue in New Braunfels.

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