Southside residents succeed in push to bring air monitor to area

The monitor’s installation by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) came seven months after a meeting with a half-dozen Southside residents and TCEQ officials. State Rep. Leo Pacheco (D-San Antonio) organized the face-to-face session at Palo Alto College in response to the proliferation of frack sand mines and other industrial sites in South Bexar County.

At the September meeting, Pacheco and others blasted the TCEQ for not cracking down harder on sand companies that spread “very fine, fine dust” like talcum powder around South Side neighborhoods. Pacheco and residents have been concerned that the dust from all the sand mines will eventually add up to breathing problems, especially in children’s lungs.

Read more from Brendan Gibbons with The Rivard Report here.