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Date Set For Pintail Landfill Permit Hearing

You may remember the fight over the proposed landfill in Waller County that would mainly be filled with trash from Houston. A date has now been set for a hearing on a permit to build the dump.



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                 Hempstead is a town of about 6,000 people 50 miles northwest of Houston in Waller County.

The contested case hearing on the proposed Pintail Landfill permit has been set for Nov. 2 with the State Office of Administrative Hearings in Austin.

Two judges will hear both sides of the issue: Green Group Holdings, the company that wants to build the landfill, and opponents, including the city of Hempstead, Waller County and the group Citizens Against the Landfill in Hempstead.

Bill Huntsinger, president of that group, said opponents will show the judges that the proposed location is not suitable for a landfill.

“It’s in close proximity to the city of Hempstead and its gateway, close to Prairie View A&M,” he said. “The hydrology and geology of the site are absolutely not suitable. It will be a potential health and safety issue, certainly a quality of life issue.”

The attorney for Pintail Landfill did not respond to a request for comment. Brent Ryan has previously told News 88.7 that the landfill will be safe and that the project meets or exceeds state regulations.

After the hearing, the judges will make a recommendation for or against issuing a permit to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.