TCEQ to hold public hearing

June 7, 2014

Officials with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) have agreed to hold a public hearing regarding Lake Granbury.

The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the Granbury Resort Conference Center.

City and county officials had requested the meeting after hearing from concerned citizens.

The issue is in regard to deCordova Power Company and Luminant Generation Co.

Luminant’s wastewater (TPDES) permit renewal application involves discharging the same amount of water that has been allowed under the permit since it was first issued almost 40 years ago, according to Brad Watson, Luminant’s senior communications director.

In April, the Granbury City Council adopted a resolution encouraging the state agency to meet with locals to answer questions for the permit renewal application.

The Hood County Commissioners Court did the same.

The call for a public hearing was supported by state Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) and state Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland).

The permit authorizes the discharge of once-through cooling water and previously monitored effluent at a daily average flow not to exceed 1,041,480,000 gallons per day.

At the City Council meeting when the resolution was passed, Councilman Mickey Parson noted there are concerns about the effect the discharge will have on a lake that is far different than it used to be and “doesn’t have any flow in it.”

“What are the potential contaminants?” he questioned.

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