Remember President Trump’s controversial comment at the outset of his presidential campaign that “Mexico… [was] not sending their best?” In Laredo, Texas, that’s proving to be true– only the issue there is not the quality of immigrants crossing the border, it’s Mexican toxic waste set to be housed in a floodplain near poor, residential areas.
RedState Insider previously covered the controversy here, but just recently, the Texas Council on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that it would grant the landfill in question a draft permit to proceed.
This is despite the fact that the proposed landfill would, if completed, take “Class 1 industrial solid waste, which is classified as something toxic, corrosive or flammable, a generator of sudden pressure by decomposition or heat, or anything that poses a substantial danger to human health or the environment when improperly processed,” and despite the landfill’s location in a 100-year floodplain.
Last year, when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, a so-called 1,000-year flood event occurred, making residents wary about situating the dump on the property in question.
Despite TCEQ’s action, Webb County, Texas, which is also involved in the permitting process, seems to be standing up against the Mexican toxic waste importation scheme. Webb County has thus far denied the developer a permit.
TCEQ’s decision is not final, and it will go through a public comment period, and possibly an extra public hearing and a contested case hearing, before a decision is handed down.