According to Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee, Sesco Cement Corp. agreed to pay $480,000 in civil penalties in addition to the county’s attorney fees. The company, which is located on East Sam Houston Parkway North in the Lake Houston area, also cleaned the facility during the course of litigation.
“Cement facilities that don’t follow the rules put communities at risk,” Menefee said in a statement. “They pollute the air with cement dust that is harmful when breathed by nearby residents, especially children. We inspected this facility multiple times and found many issues, including cement dust plumes, polluted runoff water and discharges in storm drains.”
Harris County officials noted Sesco Cement Corp. was sued for violations of the Texas Clean Air Act, the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act and the Texas Water Code.
According to the news release, officials from the Harris County Pollution Control Services Department have conducted more than 25 separate inspections at the facility since 2019.
Officials noted the violations have since been resolved.