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Carverdale residents are fighting to stop landfill expansion in the historic neighborhood

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Carverdale residents are opposed to a proposal to expand a landfill in their community.

Neighbors say they don’t want the Hawthorn Park landfill there at all, let alone an expansion of it.

They try to prevent this. Local residents say expanding the landfill will diminish the value of the historic district.

“When companies come to upgrade it, you want Waste Management to come in now and stop the ongoing upgrades,” said Reverend Vincent Lewis of the Greater Macedonia Baptist Church.

Lewis called a meeting to discuss the problem with the neighbors.

“Over the years, as they brought in the first dump, our community started to deteriorate,” Lewis said. “It started going down in value and we fought hard to close it, so it got closed and now they want to open it again.”

The community does not want TCEQ to give USA Waste of Texas landfills or Waste Management permission to proceed with the proposal.

Dominique Calhoun, a lawyer working for residents, said he will make sure their voices are heard.

“It is extremely important that every resident of this community voice their concerns,” Calhoun said. “TCEQ has a duty, mandated by the state, to respond to all community concerns.”

Waste Management said in a statement to ABC13:

“USA Waste of Texas Landfills, Inc. (WM) has submitted an application to the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to extend the life of the Hawthorn Park landfill. For many years, the Hawthorn Park Landfill has provided construction and demolition (C&D) waste management services to residents, communities, businesses and contractors in Harris County and the surrounding communities. This facility is equipped with environmental protection systems that meet or exceed strict government regulations and is subject to strictly regulated monitoring and reporting requirements. Systems at Hawthorn Park include engineering lining and covers and groundwater monitoring.

“Hawthorn Park is not a new landfill. This is an application to expand the current facility which has been in operation for many years and which WM acquired in 1996. Hawthorn Park is a Type IV landfill accepting construction and demolition (C&D) materials. Examples of C&D materials accepted at Hawthorn Park include concrete, brick, dirt, asphalt, wood, drywall, and stone. Hawthorn Park is Not is a Type I MSW landfill and will not accept rotting waste, small volume conditionally exempt generator waste, or household waste. The planned expansion of this facility will remain within the existing property boundaries. The Hawthorn Park landfill meets or exceeds the standards required by law to protect human health and the environment. TCEQ is currently reviewing the proposed extension to ensure it meets all regulatory requirements.”

Lewis says the details of the proposal are a thorn in his side.

“It goes as tall as a 12- to 15-story building,” he said. “So now, within the next five to seven miles, all you’ll be able to see is a big old dump.”

There will be a public meeting at Sterling Banquet Hall on Tuesday night for people to ask questions and voice their concerns.

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Dais Johnston

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