TCEQ OKs permit for controversial landfill in Guadalupe County

Opponents of a proposed landfill in Guadalupe County say it could have negative environmental impacts because of its location in the Carrizo-WIlcox Aquifer recharge zone and its proximity to the Randolph Air Force Base Auxiliary Airfield.

Opponents of a proposed landfill in Guadalupe County say it could have negative environmental impacts because of its location in the Carrizo-WIlcox Aquifer recharge zone and its proximity to the Randolph Air Force Base Auxiliary Airfield.

On Aug. 8 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved an application from Post Oak Clean Green Inc., which hopes to incorporate a Type 1 municipal solid waste, or MSW, landfill on FM 1150 in Guadalupe County.

The Guadalupe County Groundwater Conservation District, Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corp., the city of Seguin, the city of Schertz and Guadalupe County have been long-time opponents of the landfill, which they say threatens the groundwater supply in the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer as well as the nearby Randolph Air Force Base Auxiliary Airfield because the landfill has the potential to attract large birds.

Alan Cockerell, general manager of the SSLGC, a wholesale water supplier, said that although the landfill met all of TCEQ’s permitting requirements—including a liner to help prevent aquifer contamination and water well monitoring—he feels the site is still not appropriate for a landfill.

“If you pick up contamination in a monitoring well, the damage has started, so what do you do?” Cockerell said.

According to the TCEQ’s website, a Type 1 MSW landfill can accept all types of municipal solid waste, including household hazardous waste; construction and demolition waste; special waste; some industrial waste; and putrescible waste, which can cause odors when decomposing.
By Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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