Proposed Septage Dumping on Littig Road, April 2012
Update: April 23, 2012
LITTIG RD SEPTAGE APPLICATION DENIED
A second application to apply septage at 15410 Littig Rd. has been turned down by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The decision came after TCEQ received more than 150 citizen comments opposing the applications. OUR VOICES WERE HEARD!
On April 18th TCEQ told the applicant “The proposed actions contemplated in your application … cannot be authorized under Title 30 TAC 312.12 (‘Registrations’)”. Copies of TCEQ’s decision letter, as well as of correspondence between the applicant, TCEQ and Travis County, are linked below.
April 18, 2012 decision letter from TCEQ to AF Agricultural
At various times the applicant told TCEQ he planned to construct on-site storage ponds and/or use a subsurface irrigation system. TCEQ told the applicant he must withdraw the current application (#710918) and told the applicant he may submit another application: for applying septage (a “Registration” application) or for Sludge Processing and/or Subsurface Area Drip Dispersal (a “Permit” application).
We must remain vigilant. This was the second application to apply septage at the same location in our neighborhood. If the owner or any applicant again proposes inappropriate land use, we will keep you informed and will need your help to achieve success for the third time in a row!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SUCCESS!
Proposed Septage Dumping on Littig Road, September 2011
Update: September 1, 2011
THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC MEETING
State Representative Dawnna Dukes reports that TCEQ has assured her there will be a public meeting about the application to apply septage to property on Littig Rd. (See ‘letter from TCEQ to Rep. Dukes’) TCEQ representatives have told PSNA that a meeting time and place have not yet been set, but that it will be in a location near us (probably Manor) on a weekday evening, probably in October.
Use your own words to express your own concerns but include a sentence saying “I request a public meeting and a contested case hearing.” Please write NOW, before September 7.
You may also wish to write or call Representative Dukes and Senator Watson thanking them for their help so far, and encouraging them to continue working with us about this issue. Representative Dukes’ office phone is 512-463-0506. Senator Watson’s office phone is 512-463-0114.
Update: August 11 ,2011 There is another proposal to apply septage at 15410 Littig Rd, the same location as the application last May.
Proposed Septage Dumping on Littig Road, May 2011
Update May 19: Because of the public outcry, the applicant (Benchmark Wastewater) has WITHDRAWN its application to dump septage near Littig Rd. THANK YOU for helping to make this happen.
Update May 17: Travis County Commissioners Court voted unanimously on May 17th to send two letters to TCEQ about the application for septage dumping near Littig Rd. One letter requests that TCEQ hold a public meeting about the application; the second letter opposes approval of the application.
May 9: Our neighborhood is threatened with septage dumping!
“Septage” is material pumped from septic tanks – generally considered much more dangerous than treated waste (“sludge”) from a sewage plant. The proposal is to dump septage on 78+ acres of property north of Littig Rd between Parsons Rd and Jones Rd. This septage is likely to be trucked in from outside Travis County – including areas near Dripping Springs, in Hays County.
Please act now to express your opposition and request a public meeting by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). You may do so online by going to
Use your own words to express your own concerns but include a sentence saying “I request a public meeting” The deadline is May 19, so it’s essential you write NOW.
If you prefer, you may write or fax to: [be sure to mention “application by Benchmark Wastewater Group for Septic Registration #710916” and to request a public meeting]
Fax to: 512-239-3311**Note: All comments submitted by fax must be followed by a hard copy in the mail within three days.
Write NOW. Don’t let our neighborhood become a septage dump!
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Updated April 23, 2012