From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
September 27, 2002
Contact: William A. Scott - (512) 463-0124

Fraser: Public Meeting on Burnet Rock Crusher Set for October 22

AUSTIN -- State Senator Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, announced today that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will conduct a public hearing at the Burnet Community Center beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 22 to hear public comment on a proposed rock crushing plant near Burnet.

Fraser last April wrote to the state agency, formerly called the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (TNRCC), asking for a public meeting and a contested hearing to be held by state officials before deciding whether to issue the air quality permit required for Capitol Aggregates, Ltd. to proceed with its plans.

"I'm pleased that TCEQ will come to Burnet and listen to what the people have to say," Fraser said. "Regardless of what your views are on the rock crusher proposal, this will be a chance to have your voice heard. Judging by the volume of mail I've received, I suspect it will be a standing-room-only crowd on October 22."

Fraser, in a letter to state officials last April, requested the meeting as well as the contested case hearing to ensure a full discussion of the issue on behalf of Burnet County residents.

"Any action I take on this proposal will be based on the views held by the people of Burnet County," Fraser said. "It's important that people let me know how they feel on this issue so I can act accordingly."

Fraser 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.

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.