The Pescadito dump, in its permit application, states it will accept between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 tons of waste per year, running SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, 365 DAYS A YEAR.
Of that amount, they’ll bring in up to 400,000 tons of CLASS I INDUSTRIAL WASTE each year.
Every day, trucks and trains will haul this toxic foreign waste from as far away as Mexico City through our community on its way to be dumped in the 100-year floodplain.
What is Class I industrial waste?
According to the Texas Administrative Code, Class I waste is defined as : “Any industrial solid waste or mixture of industrial solid wastes which because of its concentration, or physical or chemical characteristics, is toxic, corrosive, flammable, a strong sensitizer or irritant, a generator of sudden pressure by decomposition, heat, or other means, or may pose a substantial present or potential danger to human health or the environment when improperly processed, stored, transported, or disposed of or otherwise managed . . . “(30 TAC 335.1).
Class I wastes can contain over 140 toxic, corrosive, flammable or other chemicals that my pose a substantial present of or potential danger to human health of the environment. (30 TAC 335.521(a)(1) Table 1).
Examples of Class I wastes.
Empty drums that contained hazardous waste. Under the hazardous waste regulations an empty container does mean there is no hazardous waste remaining in the drum. For example, a 55 gallon container can still have an inch of hazardous waste and it is no longer regulated as a hazardous waste but is a Class 1 waste. It may not sound like much but the facility would be authorized to take truckloads of crushed drums and the amount of exempt residual hazardous waste can add up to significant amounts.
Fossil Fuel Combustion Waste
Fly ash, Bottom ash and other large quantity wastes produced by coal fire generators are excluded (Beville Amendment) from regulation as hazardous waste because they are produced in such large amounts. These waste can be characteristically hazardous but because of the exclusion are when characteristically hazardous they are regulated as Class I non-hazardous wastes in Texas.
Coal ash is deadly and a proven cancer-causing agent. Read more about the horrible dangers of coal ash here.