SEGUIN, Texas - The city of Seguin has taken a stand against a proposed Guadalupe County landfill. The city council approved a resolution opposing the Post Oak Clean Green Landfill permit in a special meeting Monday afternoon.
Mayor Betty Ann Mathies said water pollution concerns was one of the biggest reasons why the council opposed the landfill. The proposed site is about 12 miles east of Seguin and not inside the city limits, but the site is over the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer, a major water supply for the area.
Several residents spoke in opposition to the landfill, citing concerns about increased traffic and being able to see the landfill from IH 10. The lone person to speak in favor was the project manager, Jim Blackwell. He said landfill liners are strictly regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency.
"They don't leak. They will not leak into the aquifer, or what have you," Blackwell said.
Blackwell also said the landfill is designed for a 100-year weather event and storm water runoff would not pollute the Guadalupe River. However, the council voted to oppose the permit despite what Blackwell said. Before the landfill could be built, the TCEQ would have to approve the plans.