Please review my letter below with hard facts of misinformation, obvious air and water pollution above safe levels, TCEQ violations, and continued lack of safety measures.
After reviewing my letter, please tell me why you are not doing more to hold Magnablend accountable for the accident, why the Commissioners' Court approved removing the deed restriction that would have prevented Magnablend (requiring a TCEQ permit) from operating on the SSC property, and why you are not publicly opposing Magnablend's attempt at building on the SSC property?Read more...
Ellis County Concerned Citizens has released the following information and has requested its distribution, therefore Ellis County Right to Know is making it available to our readers.
On behalf of Ellis County Concerned Citizens, who are working hard for all residents opposed to Magnablend's relocation to the SSC property, we have pulled the Public Document of the Petition our Attorney has filed. It is attached.
Our wonderful neighbor, Carl, has put his name on this. Just know that because it affects him, it affects all of us. This is step one. We do not have any meetings set for our group yet. We need to let this play out before we know what our step two will be then we will meet and discuss.
We need everyone's continued support as well as financial assistance. Please take any financial support over to our attorney's office, Rodney Ramsey, 201 E. Main, Suite 201, Waxahachie, Texas 75165 (972-935-9111).
They will put all funds in an IOLTA / Trust Account and keep all accounting for our cause. Both our attorneys, Rodney and Brent, are working very hard for our cause. Also, continue to voice your opposition to all the contact numbers that have been sent in emails and that we have been providing. We need to keep up the pressure.
We also have a number of different channels we are confirming for support and contacts for help. Thank you to everyone! By staying together and not getting divided, we can be the most effective.
Despite public outcry from concerned citizens and residents who reside near the proposed location of the new Magnablend facility on FM 1446 and Hoyt Road, Magnablend is continuing with their plans to purchase the old Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) property and build their new hazardous chemical plant.
As reported by WFAA on January 18, 2012 and confirmed with Ellis County Commissioner Bill Dodson, Magnablend withdrew their request to increase the weight limits on Arrowhead Road. WFAA reported that Magnablend will now pay for permits through the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) that will allow them to drive their overweight trucks carrying hazardous chemicals on any county road.
Magnablend CEO Scott Pendery said that he wants to work with residents and ease their concerns, but everything he is doing appears to have been in an attempt to shove this past residents without their knowledge. Current SSC property owner, Collider Data Center LLC, requested the county commissioners ease a deed restriction that prevented businesses that require a permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) from operating on the property.
The Ellis County Commissioners' Court voted unanimously on December 12, 2011 to remove and replace this deed restriction. The agenda item describing this topic was vague, therefore preventing residents from being aware of the impending plans.Read more...
Phil Banker / Ennis Daily News
January 13, 2012
It's refreshing to see so many people at Commissioners Court meetings, as was the case on Monday. Not like it'll do any good, though.
The place was packed as residents near the SSC begged the court to not allow Magnablend their requested increase of the weight limit on Arrowhead Road. Some hollered, some cried and everyone acted with a sense of urgency.
Too bad it's all for naught.
Let's be clear about this, folks: Magnablend is going to get what it wants. It's going to drive its trucks down Arrowhead Road, it will build its plant at the Superconducting Super Collider property, and nearby residents will either adjust or leave. It's all over but the crying. We only have ourselves to blame.
If there's anything I've learned after paying attention to Texas politics during my life, it's that business owners are treated nigh unto gods in this state. Our elected officials emphasize policies that make Texas "pro-business," while leaving people and the environment choking in the toxic dust. It doesn't matter if it poisons our air, taints our water or gives us cancer; if it drums up profit, it's untouchable in Texas.Read more...
As media pressure gains momentum and public comments with opinions from opponents and supporters increases, misinformation and a loss of focus is likely to increase as well in regard to Magnablend's planned expansion to the old Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) property on FM 1446 in Waxahachie.
There have been accusations from Magnablend supporters that claim opponents are against Magnablend, want to run Magnablend out of Ellis County, want the business to close down, and do not care about Magnablend employees. There have also been accusations from opponents of the plan calling County Commissioners corrupt and claiming a cover-up of the true effects of the October 3, 2011 fire and easing of deed restrictions on the SSC property. Although some opponents have made these claims, this is not the view or opinion of the majority of opponents we have spoken with nor does it represent the majority of public comments we have witnessed.
Because of the allegations on both sides of the issue, Ellis RTK feels that it is necessary to clarify our position and our opinions. We do not represent or speak for the 'Ellis County Concerned Citizens' group, but we fully support them in their effort to oppose Magnablend's invasion into an agricultural area with an expansion to the SSC property.
We support Magnablend's attempts to expand in Ellis County in an area zoned for industrial use and we agree that Magnablend had a 32 year history of being a good neighbor until recently. The company provides jobs, tax revenue, and has done good things for the community.
However, we do not support Magnablend's plans to relocate in an agricultural area or in an area that is not specifically zoned for industrial use. The risks are too high. We also do not support any expansion effort until Magnablend has fulfilled its obligation to clean up the environmental disaster at the old Central Facility location. We believe that Magnablend should focus its resources on remediating the property, put an end to the ongoing effects the contaminated property still has on neighboring residents, and wait for lessons learned from investigations that are still in process.Read more...
Action alert update by Ellis County Concerned Citizens.
Magnablend is in the process of purchasing, and has a contract on, the Superconducting Super Collider property on FM 1446 in Waxahachie, TX (Ellis County). The company plans to build a chemical plant in this agricultural area! The property is immediately adjacent to a dairy farm that distributes milk nationally. Neighbors harvest and sell hay for livestock consumption, livestock are sold for beef that may be distributed nationally, and water wells are at risk of contamination. This is a serious threat to the DOMESTIC FOOD SUPPLY.
80% of Magnablend's operations involves mixing chemicals for the oil and gas industry, including fracking chemicals. Their Central Facility that burned on October 3, 2011 was also an EPA registered pesticides producer.
To concerned residents, we have put together a list of contact information to help you contact and express your concerns for our cause. If you send an email, in the subject line please use “Arrowhead Road/Magnablend Relocation”. Thank you for your support and time on this issue!
Kendra Riffe: Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
Texas Department of Transportation
Website address to send an email: http://www.txdot.gov/contact_us/form/?id=env-email
Greg Abbott: Attorney General
Austin: 512-463-2100 or 512-475-4413
Jim Pitts: State Representative
Website address to send an email: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=10
Brian Birdwell: State Senator
Website address to send an email: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist22/dist22.htm#form
Dennis Robinson: Precinct 1 – Ellis County Commissioner
Bill Dodson: Precinct 2 - Ellis County Commissioner
Heath Sims: Precinct 3 - Ellis County Commissioner
Ron Brown: Precinct 4 – Ellis County Commissioner
Carol Bush: Ellis County Judge
Kay Bailey Hutchinson: U.S. Senator
Website address to send an email: http://hutchison.senate.gov/
John Cornyn: U.S. Senator
Website address to send an email: http://cornyn.senator.gov/
Joe Barton: U. S. Congressman
Website address to send an email: http://joebarton.house.gov/
Residents are reporting extreme foul smells tonight coming from the burned Magnablend property that has yet to be fully cleaned up. The physical address is 1601 W Hwy 287 Bypass, Waxahachie, TX 75165.
When you experience odors that you are concerned about and are worried about potential health effects, you are urged to file complaints with the TCEQ, EPA, and contact your local emergency response agency immediately. We have provided a list of contacts that we encourage you to contact. Is is IMPORTANT that these complaints are filed so official and legal documentation can be maintained, proven, and referenced. Official records of complaints is very important so that immediate action can be taken to attempt eliminatation of the problem.
File a complaint with the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802. Only report to this agency if you are experiencing or believe that you may experience health issues regarding the incident.
File a complaint with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/compliance/complaints/index.html.
File a complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at http://www.epa.gov/tips/.
If you are in the City of Waxahachie, call the Waxahachie Police Department non-emergency number at 972-938-2112.
If you are in the county, call the Ellis County Sherriff's Department at 972-825-4901.
Contact the City of Waxahachie Environmental Health Department at 972-937-7330 (ext. 151). You can try to request that the city begin issuing citations against the property owner for nuissance odors.
Ellis County Commissioner Heath Sims of Precinct 3 has proposed an agenda item to discuss increasing the weight limit on Arrowhead Road that will allow increased truck traffic to the old Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) property. Magnablend currently has a contract on the property and is planning on relocating their burned Central Facility to this location.
The Commissioners' Court Meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. January 9, 2012 in the Historic Ellis County Courthouse, Commissioners' Courtoom (2nd floor), 101 W. Main Street, Waxahachie, Texas.
A public hearing will be set at this meeting and is scheduled for January 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Ellis County Commissioners' Courtroom.
We strongly urge you to attend both the Janaruy 9 County Commissioners' Court meeting and the January 23 public hearing.
Ellis County Commissioners recently eased deed restrictions on the property that will make it possible for Magnablend to operate on the SSC property.
REMINDER: Meeting tonight between Magnablend and Waxahachie residents. Please attend the meeting Friday at 8:00 pm at Chapel Creek Manor (3314 FM 1446, Waxahachie, TX 75167).
Magnablend is holding a meeting with residents on Friday, January 6, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in regard to their planned relocation to the old Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) property on FM 1446. The meeting will take place at Chapel Creek Manor at 3314 FM 1446, Waxahachie, TX 75167.
Reports are that the company is attempting to restrict the meeting to immediate area residents only by showing proof of area residency on water bills. We have verified this information via telephone calls and messages with neighbors and they are still requesting that everyone who may be impacted or who want to show their support show up for the meeting even if you do not reside in immediate proximity of the SSC property. We also encourage you to attend the meeting.
We hope that Magnablend CEO Scott Pendery will shed light on the future plans of Magnablend, update us on the slow clean-up progress, and show that he is willing to work with and communicate with the community better than they have been since the October 3, 2011 fire at the Magnablend Central Facility. We have confidence that this meeting can be constructive and are willing to listen. We hope that Pendery is willing to listen to resident concerns as well.