CONCRETE RECYCLING CENTER IS HAZARDOUS TO OUR HEALTH.

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PETITION TO STOP CONCRETE RECYCLING CENTER FROM OPERATING IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD OF HIGHLAND HILLS. WE RESPECTFULLY DEMAND THE REVOCATION OF ALL TEMPORARY PERMITS, CESSATION OF ALL WORK AND REQUEST THE ZONING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL DENY WITH PREJUDICE ZONING CASE ZC-17-061 TO CHANGE ZONING FROM "I"-LIGHT INDUSTRIAL TO "PD/I"-PLANNED DEVELOPMENT/LIGHT INDUSTRIAL FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:

  • CONCRETE DUST CAN KILL. Crystalline Silica particles found in concrete dust can be disabling and deadly. Silica are tiny particles less than 1/30th the width of a strand of human hair. Epidemiological studies have shown  that breathing air polluted with these particles cause heart and lung problems. Freshly crushed silica is even more damaging to the respiratory system because of the sharp edges which lodge deep within the alveoli of the lungs causing scarring and fibrosis. Fibrosis is a precursor to Silicosis and Lung cancer.which can occur up to 20 years after exposure. Short term exposure can cause respiratory irritation, cough,  and skin irritation. Children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions are at greater risk. The Environmental Working Group, (EWG), analysis concluded Silica air pollution has become a danger for residents living near such facilities. The exposure limits adopted by Texas are insufficient to protect those most vulnerable. They recommend that such facilities should not be near residential areas. Significant quantities of silica have been found as far as mile downwind of these facilities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA), has lowered the acceptable exposure levels of crystalline Silica in the work place by by half. They even recommend medical exams including chest X-rays every 3 years of certain  workers exposed to silica on a regular basis. Unfortunately most changes will not go into effect until 2018 and does not address the hazards from non-occupational exposure.
  • There will be an increase in noise pollution by the Concrete Recycling Center's use of machinery, heavy equipment, excavating, and increased traffic. The Facility has stated that up to a 160 trucks a day could visit the site daily with no specified route. They would not only increase dangerous carbon monoxide  fumes but help further spread dangerous silica dust throughout  the city.
  • Ground Erosion affecting the homes on the hill overlooking site. The ground around the concrete recycling center had been excavated and is already experiencing erosion. Over time due to wind, rain and continued excavation those homes will be threatened. 
  • WE THE UNDERSIGNED RESIDENT OF HIGHLAND HILLS AND OTHER SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS HEREBY OPPOSE THE APPROVAL OF THE CITY OF FORT WORTH ZC-17-061 ZONING CHANGE REQUEST.


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