(Seguin) -- The fate on the construction of a future landfill on the east end of Guadalupe County continues today in Austin. City of Seguin officials say the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has scheduled a hearing today to decide approval or the rejection of the proposed Post Oak Clean Green solid waste landfill permit application. Morgan Ash, the public information officer for the city of Seguin, says entities such as Seguin, Schertz, Guadalupe County, the groundwater district plus others have been fighting against the landfill for years.
Ash says during the hearing, the major issues against the permit will again be presented to state officials. She says among the arguments is the threat to the groundwater resources of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer. She says in the proposal, the landfill, if approved would sit in a sensitive recharge zone of the aquifer which threatens area water.
"Obviously, the city of Seguin wants this to be completely denied and the landfill to not be placed here and the reasons are that it is placed on top of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer where our water corporation gets our city's drinking water from and we feel that anytime you put a landfill over an aquifer, there is an opportunity for there to be some sort of leak or the water being compromised and so we have been fighting against this for some many years," said Ash.
Ash says in addition to being a potential threat to water resources, the city believes it also threatens the safety of the Air Force pilots who train at the Randolph Air Force Base located on the city's east side off of Highway 90-A.
"Another major issue that we have with this landfill is its proximity to our Seguin Auxiliary Airfield. This is a Randolph training airfield and we believe that this landfill will attract large species of birds that can become a big hazard for those training missions and operations at the airfield and if this landfill is built, we believe that Randolph Air Force Base will have no other option but to cease operation there and we really don't want to see that happen," said Ash.
In addition to opposition by the city of Seguin, Texas State Representative John Kuempel and U.S. Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, who represents Guadalupe County, have also submitted letters to the TCEQ opposing the approval of a permit for the proposed Post Oak Clean Green Landfill.
Seguin Mayor Don Keil is expected to be one of those voices leading the opposition to the landfill. He weighed-in on the landfill issue during Tuesday night's city council meeting. Keil says that he and others in opposition to the Post Oak Landfill project will be speaking at this morning's TCEQ hearing.
Keil says TCEQ commission will host the meeting this morning in Austin, and he says they will make their case for why they believe the developers shouldn't be allowed to build a landfill over the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer in eastern Guadalupe County.
Local elected officials at the city, county and state level have all tried to stop the project, the state's need for new landfill space may win out over those objections. The decision is ultimately expected to be decided by the TCEQ panel today, or in the near future.
The developers of the landfill have stated throughout the process that they will comply with federal and state regulations regarding the permitting and operation of the landfill. They say the landfill will be a state-of-the-art facility that provides a necessary service for this part of the state. If approved, the project would be built on land along FM 1150, approximately 12 miles east of the city of Seguin.