We have been receiving reports from multiple residents telling us Magnablend is purchasing part of the old Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) property on FM 1446 in Waxahachie. We have yet to confirm this information, but one resident has stated that a county employee confirmed the plans on December 30th when test bores were being conducted to ensure the pavement can withstand traffic.
We can only assume that Magnablend plans to build a chemical blending facility at the location. Remember what happened to their location on Hwy 287 on October 3, 2011. Also recall the lies, misinformation, and refusal to provide information immediately following the fire. Do not forget about the latest Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) report alleging violations and releasing unapproved chemicals into the atmosphere without a proper permit at their Powder Facility.
Residents around the SSC property are concerned about a chemical plant opening near their residences. Magnablend fails to disclose a full inventory of dangerous and toxic chemicals they use at their facilities. These chemicals pose a significant health risk to residents and the environment. Not only have residents experienced health problems related to the fire, over 1,800 fish were killed in a pond and was caused by chemicals running off into the pond and surrounding area.
Residents who have been impacted by the October 3rd fire are outraged at the idea of Magnablend purchasing new property to rebuild when they have yet to complete the cleanup at the old location. Residents are still being severly impacted by the failure to complete the cleanup process and remediate the property.
Another resident pointed out that Magnablend typically hauled chemicals via a rail line. However, chemicals will have to be brought in and sent out via trucks at the SSC location. This increases the potential for a chemical accident during transport and increases traffic that residents will have to endure.
The Ennis Daily News reported last week "The Ellis County Commissioner's Court has taken steps to sweeten the deal for the potential sale of land originally set aside for the aborted Superconducting Super collider."
If the claims of Magnablend's plans are true, we would like to raise the question if the easing of restrictions was in direct support of Magnablend to invade and pollute another neighborhood in Waxahachie. We find it ironic that deed restrictions were eased and then immediately hear Magnablend has purchased the property.
Concerned residents are organizing a petition drive and may be visiting you to request your support with a petition opposing Magnablend moving to the new location. Please support the community in fighting Magnablend's attempt to continue polluting our environment, operating their business in violation of environmental laws, and posing a significant health risk to the community.