toxic waste

  • Toxic waste dump in 100-year floodplain moves ahead despite Harvey

    Even Harvey isn’t derailing dangerous toxic waste dump in Texas border town
    By Terri Hall
    December 21, 2017

    Despite local opposition from landowners, elected officials, residents, and environmentalists, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ, the Texas version of the EPA), is continuing its consideration of a permit for a toxic waste landfill outside Laredo in a 100-year floodplain, despite the risks of doing so as the nation witnessed when similar toxic waste polluted floodwaters after Hurricane Harvey — a 100 year flood. The proposed landfill would also traverse a creek that’s an immediate tributary to the Rio Grande River.

    The company seeking the permit is Rancho Viejo Waste Management, managed by Carlos ‘C.Y.’ Benavides III, who also happens to be the former owner of the failed Camino Colombia Toll Road, Texas’ first private toll road that went bankrupt in 2004. Camino Colombia was one of the first Texas toll roads to have the tolls completely removed, which wouldn’t have happened without Benavides’ failed venture.

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