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Community Meeting Follow-Up

Hello Green Air Solutions Community,


We want to express our gratitude for the overwhelming turnout at our community meeting on December 3. Your presence, questions, and engagement demonstrated the strength and unity of our community. We are particularly thankful for the attendance of State Representative David Cook, whose support adds significant weight to our cause.


A special appreciation goes to Leanne Hazard, a toxicologist, and valued member of our community, for enlightening us about the pollutants stemming from concrete batch plants. Her insights have armed us with the knowledge necessary to articulate our concerns effectively during the upcoming December 11 public meeting.


Having State Representative David Cook among us was an honor, and we extend our gratitude for his commitment to our cause. His presence underscores the importance of our fight against air pollution, and we are grateful for his ongoing support.


Public Meeting Preparation

As we gear up for the crucial TCEQ meeting on December 11, 2023, at the Achora Event Center (403 E Broad St, Mansfield, TX 76063), here's what you need to know:

  • Silent Auction: Commencing at 5 pm

  • Meeting: Starting at 7 pm


Talking Points - Educate Yourself

Courtesy of Leanne Hazard, here are key talking points for the TCEQ meeting:


Major Pollutants:

  • Carbon Monoxide

  • Nitrogen Oxides

  • Sulfur Dioxide

  • Silica

  • Metals

  • Particulate Matter


Increased Risk Groups:

  • Children

  • Elderly

  • People with existing health conditions such as Asthma, COPD, Migraines, Emphysema, Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Failure


Pollutant Targets Chart

Pollutant Effects

 

Particle Pollution and Your Health, from AIRNOW


We encourage you to bring friends and neighbors to the meeting – the more voices, the bigger the impact. Be sure to wear your red or black StopJ7 T-shirts to show solidarity.



 

December 11th Meeting Agenda: Your Guide to Participation

As we gear up for the crucial TCEQ meeting on December 11, 2023, it's essential to be informed about the proceedings. Remember, TCEQ will only address and consider questions and comments related to air quality. Here's a breakdown of the agenda and what you can expect:


Arrival and Registration (Time: Prior to 7 pm)

  1. Registration Table: Walk in and head to the registration table to sign in. You'll be provided with a quick form to fill out, ensuring we have accurate information about your presence.

  2. Agenda Paperwork: TCEQ will distribute paperwork outlining the meeting agenda and procedures. This will be a valuable resource to help you navigate the evening.


Meeting Commencement (7 pm)

At 7 pm, a representative from TCEQ will stand and explain the meeting's procedure. Key attendees will include the TCEQ Chief of Staff, their attorneys, and the applicant (J7).

Q&A Segment

  • Depending on the number of participants, there will be 3-5 questions allowed per person. You will walk up to the microphone and pose your questions directly to TCEQ and/or the applicant.

  • Both TCEQ and the applicant will have microphones in front of them to respond to your questions. Once they respond you can ask your next question.

  • After everyone asks their questions, if there is time left on the clock, you will then be given another chance to ask any remaining questions that you may have.

  • In case your questions are not addressed during the meeting, please have them written down or typed out. You can submit these questions to TCEQ, and the responses will be mailed to you. This is available to everyone on the mailing list, whether registered at the meeting or previously subscribed.

Short Break

After the Q&A segment, there will be a short break. Upon your return, microphones will have been removed from the TCEQ panel and the applicant.


Comment Period

Similar to the Q&A segment, the time allocated for comments is typically 3-5 minutes per person and will be allotted based on the number of people making comments. However, during this period, TCEQ or the applicant will not be answering questions or making remarks. Responses will be mailed at a later date. The meeting will be recorded by TCEQ for their records.


Speaking Guidelines

  1. Introduction at the Microphone: State your name as soon as you approach the microphone and begin your prepared speech. Your time starts as soon as you step up to the microphone.

  2. Video Photography: If you plan to use video photography, begin your speech while it is being set up because even though your material is not setup your clock is ticking. Plan to reference areas unrelated to your photography initially and then reference your image/video once it has loaded. Once your 3-5 minutes conclude, you won't be allowed to continue.

  3. Residents Within 440 Yards: If you live within the 440 yards, it's crucial to speak during the Comment Period. Start your speech by stating:

  • Your name and that you are residing within 440 yards.

  • Your address and the plant's distance from your property

  • Your phone number

  • Explicitly request a contested case hearing: “I/We request a contested case hearing.”

  • Then start the comment that you prepared.

 

This approach increases our chances of securing a contested case hearing, an essential step in our ongoing efforts.


Be prepared, stay informed, and let your voice be heard.

 

Fundraising Initiatives

To sustain our efforts, we have organized several fundraising initiatives:


T-Shirts, Yard Signs, and Hot Sauce

Show your support by ordering merchandise through our website.


Spirit Night at Cotton Patch Cafe (12/5/2023)

Join us for a Spirit Night at Cotton Patch Cafe in Burleson on December 5th. Mention "GREEN AIR SOLUTIONS," and Cotton Patch will generously donate 20% of your bill to our cause. For more details and to RSVP, visit the events page.


Silent Auction Donations

We are still accepting donations for the Silent Auction on December 11, 2023. If you have items to contribute, please visit our Silent Auction donation page or send us an email.


Donations

We welcome both one-time and recurring donations through our website.



Local Business Involvement

Local businesses interested in contributing or hosting events are encouraged to contact us.


Volunteers Needed

We are seeking dedicated volunteers to help with various aspects of our community initiatives. If you have the time and passion to contribute, please sign up here.

 

Green Air Solutions

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