State judge sides with Dripping Springs in wastewater permit hearing
The city of Dripping Springs will proceed with its wastewater permit application after a state judge sided with the city on all 12 issues raised by Save Our Springs Alliance—an Austin-area environmental nonprofit.
The State Office of Administrative Hearings conducted the contested case hearing and concluded that the city’s application for a wastewater permit should be granted, according to a Nov. 26 news release.
The ruling concluded that the draft permit:
• Contains provisions to protect wildlife in the area
• Will protect water quality under applicable Texas Surface Water Quality Standards
• Is protective of groundwater in the area
The decision clears the way for Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or TCEQ, to issue a final permit.
Read more from Taylor Jackson Buchanan with Community Impact Newspaper.