The final item on Pearland City Council’s long list of agenda items for its regular meeting on March 20 is a public discussion on possible actions related to the Blue Ridge Landfill and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Shadow Creek Ranch resident Ed Mears, who serves on the West Pearland Air Quality Odor Taskforce, said he will press city council to ask the TCEQ for a suspension of the landfill’s operating permit, a revision of the city’s 2009 agreement with the landfill and for legal action against the landfill.

Pearland council member Gary Moore pressed lawmakers and the TCEQ during Pearland Day in Austin, which took place on Feb. 22, to bring the landfill to compliance. Moore spoke with Rep. Ed Thompson, Gov. Greg Abbott’s chief of staff and TCEQ directors about shortening the investigation cycle and quicker action from TCEQ, according to his Facebook page.

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Source: Brazoria County Emergency ManagementCommunity Impact Newspaper

As Pearland and Friendswood pour millions of dollars into infrastructure improvements, such as  roads, buildings, water and sewer upgrades, and parks, to meet development demand,
officials are also looking closer at hurricane preparedness.

Pearland hired its first full-time emergency management coordinator, Allen Portman in an effort to balance population growth and development with the growing need for improved public safety.

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