Energy & Environment

TCEQ Denies Application For Controversial Pintail Landfill In Waller County

Still, the fight over the controversial dump, which would mainly be filled with trash from Houston, is not over yet.

Bill Huntsinger with the group Citizens Against the Landfill in Hempstead is excited about the news.

"It is a huge victory," he said. "It's what we've been wishing for for a number of years now."

Many in Hempstead, the county seat of Waller County, have long fought against the landfill that Georgia-based Green Group Holdings wants to build just outside the town.

As one reason for denial, the TCEQ cites the discovery of high water levels at the site this summer, which wasn't reflected in the application.

Green Group Holdings President Ernest Kaufmann said the company monitored the levels for 18 months.

"The fact that we had an abnormal amount of rains this spring or summer that triggered this temporary elevation in the groundwater levels is something that us or TCEQ nor anyone else would have anticipated," he said.

Kaufmann said he is surprised and disappointed about the TCEQ's decision and that the company is evaluating next steps.

Meanwhile, Bill Huntsinger in Hempstead said his group will remain vigilant.

"When Pintail leaves town and they're gone for good, then we'll let our guard down," he said. "But not until then."


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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

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Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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