Our local officials are defying their constituents and supporting environmental racism in Waller County, Texas. We need your help to protect the health of our citizens and the economy of our county.
The demographics of Waller County and the economically underserved Hempstead area are ideal for a major corporation to build a controversial landfill: a relatively poor rural population is much less likely to mount and sustain a long and costly legal challenge.
Our local officials are supporting this environmental racism and refusing to represent the wishes and best interests of their constituency by supporting the Highway 6 Landfill in the face of overwhelming evidence that it will have tremendous negative health, economic and environmental impacts on the area.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has received a record breaking nearly 5000 comments against the landfill and close to an all-time record of over 1000 requests for contested case hearings. Not a single comment FOR the landfill has been made. The landfill company has appeared before the commission a number of times over the past two years and the TCEQ has broken several of their policies to accommodate the building of this landfill.
The Highway 6 Landfill is a proposed site in Hempstead—a rural and economically underserved area 45 miles northwest of Houston. The population is roughly 3,000. The land in question is a 723-acre piece of historic property with stagecoach roads, a family cemetery and two spring-fed creeks.
Landfills leak and this acreage sits directly above the Chicot Aquifer, the only source of water for Hempstead. This water is municipal, agricultural, and used by federally protected wildlife. This area is also the headwater for Clear Creek, which runs to the Brazos River. Water that originates here is used as drinking water by cities and districts downstream.
The Highway 6 Landfill is intended for HOUSTON'S garbage and is UNWANTED by the residents of Waller County — and it would economically and environmentally destroy an area that’s already struggling for survival.
Please stop the Highway 6 Landfill and investigate unethical and possibly illegal behavior by the TCEQ, Judge Glenn Beckendorff and the Waller County Commissioners.