Zinc Resources withdraws permit



From the once proposed site of the EAF Dust Recycling Plant, one can see the adjacent Whitsett Baptist Church. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

From the once proposed site of the EAF Dust Recycling Plant, one can see the adjacent Whitsett Baptist Church. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The air permit application for an Electric Arc Furnace Byproduct Zinc Recycling Plant in Whitsett was withdrawn on March 18 by the applicant Zinc Resources LLC, according to officials with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

“More than 100 residents provided public feedback about Zinc Resources’ proposed plant via the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) online portal and attended two community meetings to discuss the project,” stated Senator Judith Zaffirini who wrote to the TCEQ jointly with State Rep. Ryan Guillen opposing the plant. “Residents from Atascosa, Live Oak, and McMullen Counties expressed their concerns, Zinc Resources representatives listened and, consequently, the permit application was withdrawn. Communication between businesses, government agencies and the general public not only results in informed decision-making, but also is vital in determining what is best for a community.”

Opposition arose from numerous Whitsett and Atascosa County residents once they learned of the proposed facility at 657 FM Road 99 in Whitsett in northern Live Oak County. Two public meetings were held with the community and Zinc Resources representatives in February. At the meeting held at the Whitsett Community Center on Wednesday, Feb. 10, Zinc Resources CEO Ron Crittendon was asked by several residents if the company was still planning to locate to the area.

Crittendon answered, “That’s the one question we’re going to have to wait right now on.”

Zinc Resources will seek authorization in another city.

Chris Bethune, a concerned citizen who spoke at a recent Pleasanton Rotary Club meeting, said, “We couldn’t be happier. We are just really excited that they decided to go elsewhere. We think that it’s going to be good for all parties involved.”

State Rep. Ryan Guillen who joined Senator Zaffirrini in writing to TCEQ stated, “I’m proud of the folks of the Whitsett area for coming together in this common cause. It’s encouraging to have been a witness to this strong sense of community.”

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