The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will host a public information meeting to discuss the permit of a permanent, 24/7 concrete batch plant at 13001 Old Denton Road in Fort Worth.

The details

The TCEQ meeting on April 15 is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Timber Creek High School, 12350 Timberland Blvd. in Fort Worth.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, concrete batch plants are known to emit air pollution and fine particulate matter that can be harmful to human health, and can increase the risk of asthma and cardiac arrest with high levels of exposure.

What you need to know

According to the city of Fort Worth's website, the proposed site is zoned for industrial use. However, there are concerns for residents in the area, not only because of nearby residential housing, but also because of a proposed Northwest ISD high school being built to the south.

NWISD's website states its fourth high school, which is slated to open for the 2026-27 school year, will be located on North Riverside Drive, just across SH 170 from the proposed concrete plant site.

Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker and District 10 council member Alan Blaylock sent a letter on Jan. 26 to the TCEQ opposing the proposed plant’s air quality standard permit.

Quote of note

“The upcoming TCEQ public meeting is a pivotal event, and I am preparing to speak at it,” Blaylock said. “I am counting on [residents'] presence and support, as our voices hold immense power together.”