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From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
April 2, 2002
Contact: William A. Scott - (512) 463-0124

Fraser Seeks Public Meeting, Contested Hearing on Proposed Burnet Rock Crusher

AUSTIN -- State Senator Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, today asked the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to conduct a public meeting in Burnet as well as a contested hearing before deciding whether to issue an air permit for a proposed rock crushing plant near Burnet.

"It's my job to make sure the people living in Burnet County have their voices heard by TNRCC before any kind of decision is made on whether to issue an air permit for this operation," Fraser said. "It's important for there to be a full discussion and airing of the concerns about the possible impacts this proposed rock crushing operation."

Fraser, in a letter to the TNRCC, said he was making the request for the public meeting and the contested case hearing -- a more formal setting before a quasi-judicial panel of hearing examiners -- to ensure that Burnet County residents' views on proposed rock crushing operation were heard and taken into consideration by agency officials.

"I request that the public meeting be conducted at a time and place in Burnet County that would make it as convenient as possible for county residents to attend and express their views on this matter without having to drive to Austin," Fraser wrote.

Fraser also noted that the Burnet County Commissioners, the Burnet City Council and the Marble Falls City Council all have voted to request a public meeting and contested case hearing on the proposed permit being sought by Capitol Aggregates, Ltd.

"I have received dozens of letters and telephone calls from Burnet County residents in opposition to the proposed rock crusher operation, and no fewer than 600 residents have signed a petition asking me to seek a public meeting and contested case hearing," Fraser wrote.

The proposed 540-acre rock crushing operation is located about four miles south of Burnet's city limits near the intersection of U.S. 281 and Park Road 4.

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