King Pushes to End Dumping of Human Waste by Ft. Worth in Wise and Parker Counties

July 17, 2013

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AUSTIN – The following statement may be attributed to State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford):

“In May my office began to receive calls from residents regarding a contractor for the City of Ft. Worth dumping human waste near their homes that gave off a horrible odor,” King stated. “I called Ft. Worth Mayor Betsy Price, who immediately ordered the contractor to cease dumping until our concerns were addressed. I also contacted the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requesting an investigation. TCEQ has since issued an enforcement letter to the contractor directing that dumping operations cease pending further investigation.”

“On June 18th, TCEQ held a formal hearing in Austin on this matter,” King explained. “I believe the regulations on waste dumping are clearly insufficient and I requested that TCEQ strengthen these rules. At the formal hearing, the Commission decided to initiate a process to change those regulations and the first of several meetings in this process will take place on August 13, in Springtown. I encourage citizens to attend and give input to the Commission.”

“Parker and Wise County officials have also been very engaged in responding to this problem. We are working together to see this process through to a positive outcome,” King concluded.

TCEQ will hold several different hearings and meetings over the next few months as they formulate the proposed new rules. The first meeting is slated for August 13th at 7 p.m. at the Springtown Senior Center, 1070 N. Main Street. All concerned parties are welcome to come and give their input to the Commission.