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Plans For Cement Plant In West Odessa Raise Concerns For Citizens

Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - Mary Lewis is worried about the future of her quality of life.
Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - Mary Lewis is worried about the future of her quality of life.

"We're talking traffic, we're talking road conditions. We're talking possible contaminants with waste water," said Lewis said.

These are concerns other residents of west Odessa share.

It all stems from a possible cement plant to be built at the intersection of Moss and 42nd.

"It's just not possible for someone to find land I guess now under the conditions we're under right now with the economic boom," said Freddie Gardner, Ector County Commissioner of Precinct 1.

According to Gardner, nearly all of west of Odessa is covered with residential neighborhoods.

Making it a challenge to find land away from homes and schools.

But residents see it differently.

"Ector Count has several areas that are meant for industrial activities," Lewis said.

According to Lewis, the intersection of Moss and 42nd is very busy.

Especially when parents come in to pick up their children from Murry Fly Elementary, just minutes away from where the cement plant would be located.

"Now we're gonna deal with all kinds of large trucks? Right there, on that corner? That's gonna be a nightmare."

Gardner says residents shouldn't be concerned about air pollution though, because of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's strict regulations.

"I think that folks will be surprised when they understand what all is required of the company to hold down any air pollution," Gardner said.

"We shouldn't have to wait until somebody is harmed or somebody's quality of life is destroyed before we take action," Lewis said.

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