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April 29 Morning Newscast: Greenville hosts public forum on proposed waste facility near Commerce

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Lindsey Wiley
Texas A&M University-Commerce

About 100 people attended the meeting presented by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state agency that permits municipal solid waste transfer facilities.

Audio transcript

About a hundred people attended a forum last night in Greenville regarding a possible new solid waste transfer facility near Commerce. The property in question is on State Highway 24, about three miles south of the intersection of Highway 24 and Culver Street. A Paris-based company, Transfer Station Solutions, wants to open a municipal solid waste transfer facility at the site. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced Thursday the company’s application has been accepted as complete by the state agency. The TCEQ hosted a meeting on the permit application in Greenville at the Landmark on Lee Street Thursday evening. State Representative Bryan Slaton was there. Slaton said he asked the TCEQ to hold the forum in response to his constituents.

Slaton: “People asked me to request this meeting, so I did. Didn’t hesitate – just went and requested it.”

TCEQ will receive public comments on the proposed waste transfer facility for 30 more days. The agency plans to publish a response to public input some time this summer. Should the TCEQ recommend the permit’s approval, parties opposed could request a contested case hearing before the permit would be granted. The site is across Highway 24 from some of the Texas A&M University Commerce veterinary education facilities, along with those of other instructional and research programs. The university is among the local parties that have expressed opposition to the permit.