THE DUMP APPLICATION IS NOT APPROVED! OUR FIGHT CONTINUES NOW IN AUSTIN!

NEWS UPDATE: DUMP DEVELOPER CLAIMS VICTORY IN COURT AFTER NEW FEMA MAP PLACES PESCADITO SITE ALMOST ENTIRELY IN FLOODPLAIN.  

In a recent statement, Rancho Viejo Waste Management, the dump developer, claimed victory in court for his proposed Pescadito toxic dump, while calling the tens of thousands who oppose the dump disingenuous and vindictive.

The fact is, FEMA has issued a new floodplain map which confirms that the proposed Pescadito site lies within the 100-year floodplain. As such, the permit application process has to stop.

What happened in court? The dump developer begged judges for yet another do-over while he tries to fight FEMA over its long-awaited floodplain map.

Enough is enough. It's time to pull the plug on this project once and for all.

OUR FIGHT CONTINUES IN AUSTIN! 

Contrary to what you may have heard from the developer, Rancho Viejo Waste Management’s application for the Pescadito dump has not been approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and we are still in position to stop this abomination dead in its tracks.

The fight has moved to Austin, where the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) will hear sworn evidence from qualified parties directly affected by the dump in July. Our years-long battle to protect our community against toxic waste has moved beyond mere public comments and questions with hypothetical and contradictory answers to the contested case hearing phase. The dump developer will now be put to its proof and must conclusively address the hard questions regarding the viability and safety of this ill-conceived project with credible evidence, real science and sworn testimony.

SOAH in Austin operates like a court and a judge will hear arguments and evidence why this planned dump is too dangerous to be allowed.

Webb County officials now have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reevaluate flood maps from the area to see just how dangerous tons of waste at the proposed Pescadito site will be. We learned important lessons from Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and most recently Hurricane Florence, where a coal ash dump collapsed in the wake of widespread flooding.

When the hard rains come (and they will), what will happen to the thousands of tons of toxic waste the developer intends to dump at the low lying Pescadito dump site?

TCEQ has already rejected a planned landfill in Waller County because the science wasn’t right. However, the Waller County application was nowhere near as scientifically flawed as the one for the Pescadito dump.

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DUMP LOBBYIST DISCIPLINED BY TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION; RECEIVES "SLAP ON THE WRIST."

Who is former TCEQ Executive Director Glenn Shankle REALLY working for?

Despite the efforts of thousands of concerned citizens and glaring deficiencies, someone at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality declared the application for the proposed Pescadito dump technically complete and directly referred the application to the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) for a contested case hearing without allowing the TCEQ Commissioners to rule on it.

How did that happen?

Maybe it had something to do with former TCEQ Executive Director Glenn Shankle, who is now a paid lobbyist for Rancho Viejo Waste Management.

That's the same Glenn Shankle who attacked Sen. Judith Zaffirini in the May 1, 2018 public meeting. AND the same Glenn Shankle who was accused of corruption when he rammed through a permit application for a NUCLEAR waste dump in West Texas against the recommendations of his own staff. (Shortly thereafter Shankle went to work for that dump developer as a paid lobbyist.)  AND the same Glenn Shankle who later was hired to derail a permit application for a dump in Waller County before he sold his services to Rancho Viejo Waste Management, the "developers" behind the proposed Pescadito toxic dump.

However, Shankle somehow never registered as a lobbyist for Rancho Viejo in 2017 and 2018, and this summer was disciplined by the Texas Ethics Commission. (The Ethics Commission made him sign a voluntary agreement to never do it again... basically a slap on the wrist.)

Why?

How much power does Shankle have over TCEQ?  Who is his REAL boss?  Do you honestly believe it's just dump developer C.Y. Benavides?

Click the image to read about the outrageous claims made by C.Y. Benavides on the Jay St. John Facebook Live event.

DUMP DEVELOPER ADMITS HE LIED ABOUT BRINGING COAL ASH TO LAREDO!

On May 7, CY Benavides made a two-hour appearance on a local Facebook Live show, telling lie after lie about his proposed Pescadito toxic dump.

He said almost no coal ash is sent to landfills, but admitted he’d take it and other toxic wastes.  He said his dump would only take the same type of trash as the city of Laredo, but the City is prohibited from accepting Class 1 industrial waste, and he isn’t. He said he had modified his application to take the dump out of the floodplain, yet Webb county says otherwise and will not grant him a construction permit.

Then, Benavides trashed the people of Laredo and specifically our state Senator Judith Zaffirini.

The public comment period has been extended through May 31.  Click here and submit your comment to TCEQ now!

On May 7, CY Benavides made a two-hour appearance on a local Facebook Live show, telling lie after lie about his proposed Pescadito toxic dump.

He said almost no coal ash is sent to landfills, but admitted he’d take it and other toxic wastes.  He said his dump would only take the same type of trash as the city of Laredo, but the City is prohibited from accepting Class 1 industrial waste, and he isn’t. He said he had modified his application to take the dump out of the floodplain, yet Webb county says otherwise and will not grant him a construction permit.

Then, Benavides trashed the people of Laredo and specifically our state Senator Judith Zaffirini.

Pescadito dump Austin lobbyist Glenn Shankle levels personal attacks at May 1TCEQ public meeting.

AUSTIN LOBBYIST ATTACKS LAREDO!

At the May 1 public meeting at TAMIU, an Austin lobbyist attacked one of Laredo’s elected representatives. 

In the first few minutes of the TCEQ meeting, Glenn Shankle, an Austin-based lobbyist for the Pescadito toxic waste landfill, launched shocking, unprovoked and personal attacks on State Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo).

Lobbyist Shankle implied that state legislators shouldn’t be allowed to participate in state agency meetings, shouldn’t listen to area residents, shouldn’t care about toxic landfills importing medical and power plant waste from Mexico, or putting hazardous waste inside of a Webb County floodplain.

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Texans blast TCEQ staff for advancing floodplain landfill for foreign and out-of-state toxic waste

Neighbors, officials ask elected and TCEQ leaders to kill floodplain landfill before it’s too late

SOUTH TEXAS – Late one recent Friday afternoon, the staff of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) quietly granted preliminary approval of a proposed landfill for Mexican and out-of-state waste to be developed in a Texas floodplain just miles from major municipal water supplies.

TCEQ staff violated agency rules and their own legislative testimony by approving the landfill to be developed in a 100-year floodplain just days after promising lawmakers that, “the standard is you still can’t develop [landfills] in a 100-year floodplain.”

“Our ongoing concern is the transportation of toxic trash crossing our border over our water shed and through our streets and neighborhoods unnecessarily exposing the citizens of Laredo to grave risks for the sake of profit. While Texas is still trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters, it’s shocking TCEQ staff would allow the development of an unneeded landfill for out-of-state toxic waste in a Texas floodplain,” said Laredo City Council member George Altgelt. “TCEQ staff violated state rules, left important safety questions unanswered and refused to run sufficient background checks on the individuals seeking this flawed landfill permit.”

Although TCEQ staff has preliminary approved the 953-acre Laredo floodplain landfill complex, it must still get approval by state administrative law judges and TCEQ Commissioners before it can be built.

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CITIZENS AGAINST LAREDO LANDFILL

A grassroots movement of Webb County citizens have organized to oppose CY Benavides and now CALL on local and state officials to demand that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) reject Rancho Viejo Waste Management's application for the Pescadito dump.

 

This group, Citizens Against Laredo Landfill (CALL), urges you to join this crucial effort.  Together, we will CALL CY and his mysterious, silent operating partners out and defeat this dangerous and irresponsible plan.Unlike the bankrupted Camino Colombia toll road ($90 million down the drain), this time we will NOT let one man's greed trump the entire community's need.

A MAN AND HIS DUMP

Carlos "C.Y." Benavides III, the mastermind behind the Pescadito toxic dump, has tried to bamboozle the people of Webb County for decades, and now, he's trying to do it again, posing as a waste management company, Rancho Viejo Waste Management.

And once again, he's doing it with misinformation and fabrications. In other words, Benavides appears to be incapable of telling the truth about the Pescadito dump.

Throughout the permitting process, Benavides has consistently claimed there would be no toxic waste brought to his huge dump. But his permit application clearly states he will be bringing Class I industrial waste THAT IS TOXIC  to his nearly 1,000-acre dumping ground ... up to half a million tons a year, in fact.  Click here to read more about the kind of POISONOUS waste Benavides has asked TCEQ to permit.

Significantly, the KCS rail lines also extend throughout the industrialized portions of Mexico."

-- Pescadito permit application 

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