Update In Debate Between Socorro and Water Treatment Plant

Update In Debate Between Socorro and Water Treatment Plant
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 5:05pm

SOCORRO - We have another development to report tonight in dispute between the city of Socorro and the Horizon Regional Municipal Utility District.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says Horizon has until March 4 to respond to Socorro's permit revocation request.

The City of Socorro officially filed a petition on Monday, in an effort to stop Horizon from completing the construction for its water treatment plant.
Today Socorro officials asked the TCEQ to revoke a permit they had issued Horizon Regional Municipal Utility District to construct a pipeline that goes underneath Socorro farmland. Socorro says the pipe would dump treated sewage water into a canal where children and dogs play.

Socorro says Horizon never got permission to build the pipeline, and shut it down. Horizon's president, Benny Davis, said Socorro had no right to shut them down because they got permission from state agencies, including the TCEQ.

"I'm very glad our petition to protect the health and dignity of our residents is moving ahead in Austin," said Socorro council member Jesse Gandara in a statement. "I look forward to hear what the Horizon MUD has to say about ignoring Socorro and wanting to dump waste water into a canal that runs right through the middle of town."

Once Horizon responds to the request, Socorro will have until March 12 to respond to them.

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