Florence asphalt plant

A Texas Commission on Environmental Quality posting is displayed Saturday, Nov. 5, 2017, at a proposed quarry and asphalt plant at 10975 W. Farm-to-Market 487, just east of Florence.

A proposed asphalt plant and quarry near Florence continues to draw opposition from residents of the area.

Asphalt Inc. LLC is planning to built the plant and quarry at 10957 Farm-to-Market 487, about one mile east of Florence.

The company’s air quality permit has yet to be approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, according to Brian McGovern, TCEQ spokesman.

Over 100 residents met at Salado Creek Saloon on Nov. 4 to learn more about Asphalt Inc.’s plans. Troy Carter, operations manager with Lone Star Aggregate in Austin, attempted to reassure residents that the Florence facility would comply with all applicable regulations, and recycle most of the water used from the wells drilled on the plant property.

Another meeting was held about the proposed Asphalt Inc. plant on Monday in Georgetown, according to McGovern.

Residents opposing the plant and quarry have formed a nonprofit, No Florence Asphalt. The group has hired a lawyer, and is paying for a hydrologist to perform an independent water study. The TCEQ website has received over 100 comments opposing the plant.

The comment period on the Asphalt Inc. air quality permit was extended until Dec. 21, McGovern said. TCEQ will then have until Jan. 20 to make a determination whether to approve the permit.

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