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Output estimate, quarry plans unveiled for proposed rock crusher site

October 27, 2017 - Highlander.com

 By Lew K. Cohn Managing Editor The Highlander Texas Commission on Environmental Quality officials told Marble Falls Mayor John Packer Thursday they did not know of proposed housing developments planned for south of Marble Falls when they reviewed an air quality permit application by Asphalt Inc. for a rock crushing plant, but added they would have made no difference. “I didn’t know about the new (Gregg Ranch) housing development or the (Baylor Scott & White) hospital or any... 

Output estimate, quarry plans unveiled for proposed rock crusher site

October 27, 2017 - DailyTrib.com

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  — From healthcare officials to city leaders, hundreds of people attended a public meeting Oct. 26 hosted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to answer questions about a controversial air quality permit connected to a proposed rock crushing operation. The meeting at Lakeside Pavilion featured a cross-section of …

Mayors take stand against Burnet County rock crusher permit

October 10, 2017 - DailyTrib.com

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  — The mayors of Cottonwood Shores and Marble Falls have jumped into the fray against plans for a rock crushing facility just off the southwest corner of the intersection of U.S. 281 and Texas 71 in Burnet County. Cottonwood Shores recently joined several other cities, including Granite Shoals, Horseshoe …

Mining influx pits environmental concerns against economic impact

October 6, 2017 - DailyTrib.com

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — A mining industry representative has blasted environmental concerns by opponents of rock crusher permits, citing the economic benefits of aggregate materials tied to infrastructure and jobs. In a phone interview Oct. 6, Rich Szecsy, a licensed civil engineer for the Texas Aggregate and Concrete Association, addressed efforts by …

The public commenting period for the permit has been extended to Oct. 31. TCEQ rock crushing meeting set for Oct. 26

October 6, 2017 - Highlander.com

By Lew K. Cohn Managing Editor The Highlander - Public comment deadline for a proposed Air Quality Standard permit for a proposed rock crushing plant south of Marble Falls has been extended by three weeks until Oct. 31....

Public Protest of Rock Crusher Site

October 5, 2017 - The Horseshoe Bay Beacon

At what point does one land owner’s “private property rights” trump a neighbor’s “private property rights”? Asphalt, Inc. LLC paid a $900 filing fee and is asking the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to rule that their right to blast and crush rock trumps all neighboring land owners’ rights. On Saturday and Sunday, concerned citizens and elected officials gathered peacefully at the intersection of US 281 and CR 403 in southern Burnet County as a demonstrable show of....

Protestors make their voices heard

October 3, 2017 - Highlander News

By Lew K. Cohn Managing Editor The Highlander Chanting slogans and waiving signs, more than 100 people picketed on Saturday and Sunday across the highway from the site of a proposed rock crushing plant south of Marble Falls off US 281 at County Road 403.

TCEQ unveils public meeting process on rock crusher air quality permits

October 3, 2017 - DailyTrib.com

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — As the potential approval of air quality permits for two planned rock crushing operations looms, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering insight into the public meeting process prior to decisions on the permits. A barrage of public comments has besieged the state regulatory body since opponents have …

Collier Materials rock crusher air permit goes to public meeting

October 2, 2017 - DailyTrib.com

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — An upcoming public meeting will address questions about a pending air quality permit for Collier Materials, a longtime quarry company that is seeking to expand its operations in Burnet County to include a rock crushing operation. Collier Materials is one of two companies currently in Burnet County that …

Community protests against rock crushing quarry plant near Marble Falls

September 30, 2017 - KVUE Austin

Asphalt Inc. plans to build a quarry along U.S. 281 and County Road 403.

State rep pushes for public meeting on rock crusher; protest planned

September 29, 2017 - DailyTrib.com

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Opponents of a proposed rock crushing facility have found a friend in higher office to offer concerns and demand a public meeting about the latest project’s pending air quality permit. “Yes, I submitted a letter, and (the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) will be granting us a public …

Burnet County commissioners join fight against proposed rock crusher

September 27, 2017 - DailyTrib.com

Local efforts to beautify and strategically develop the intersection of US Hwy 281 and Texas State Hwy 71 face a cloudy future if a proposed rock crusher facility is green lighted by the state. Citizens for Scenic Texas Highways recently tilled and seeded the 11 acre cloverleaf intersection, but by the time the legacy wildflowers mature, their blooms may be covered in dust from the rock quarry and crusher activity. News of the proposed rock crusher facility spread quickly after Asphalt Inc.

Cities worry they have no jurisdiction over proposed Marble Falls rock quarry

 September 27, 2017 - KXAN Austin

“We’re doing everything we can to make this go away,” a developer said. “Because this is the last thing we need in our beautiful community.”

Community Unites Against Rock Crusher Site

 September 21, 2017 - Horseshoe Bay Beacon

Local efforts to beautify and strategically develop the intersection of US Hwy 281 and Texas State Hwy 71 face a cloudy future if a proposed rock crusher facility is green lighted by the state. Citizens for Scenic Texas Highways recently tilled and seeded the 11 acre cloverleaf intersection, but by the time the legacy wildflowers mature, their blooms may be covered in dust from the rock quarry and crusher activity. News of the proposed rock crusher facility spread quickly after Asphalt Inc.

Stakeholders come together to oppose rock crushing plant

 September 15, 2017 - Highlander News

By Lew K. Cohn Managing Editor The Highlander Homeowners, ranchers, government officials, hospital leaders and concerned citizens met together Friday at Baylor Scott & White Speciality Clinic with one common goal in mind  --opposing the construction of a new rock crushing plant south of Marble Falls. Asphalt Inc. applied for an air permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to operate a new rock and concrete crushing plant with an entrance 90 feet west of US 281 and approximately 2.6 miles south of the intersection of Texas 71 near Flat Rock Road, which is Burnet County Road 403.

Group works to break up rock-crushing operation south of Gregg Ranch - DailyTrib.com - Your Hill Country online news authority

September 6, 2017 - DailyTrib.com

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS —A beautification group and community leaders have launched a battle against a proposed rock-crushing operation just south of the U.S. 281 and Texas 71 intersection in southern Burnet County. Officials and nearby residents have expressed concerns about Asphalt Inc.’s pending air-quality permit application with the Texas Commission on Environmental …