The city of Marble Falls has reached a settlement agreement on a lawsuit against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Asphalt Inc. concerning a rock crushing facility in Burnet County. Although the City Council voted to approve the settlement agreement during its April 20 meeting, specific details surrounding the settlement are still to come.
“It’s a positive deal, but we can’t share details until all parties involved have signed the agreement,” Marble Falls Mayor John Packer said.
The lawsuit was filed in November 2017 after the TCEQ permitted Asphalt Inc. to build a permanent rock crushing facility on a 518-acre property just south of Marble Falls in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. The joint lawsuit was filed by several plaintiffs, including the city of Marble Falls, Gregg Ranch developers, Marble Falls 300, and nearby property owners Paul King and Grant Dean, who has since died.
The lawsuit claimed the facility would violate the Texas Clean Air Act, which safeguards air quality as well as protects the health and property of state residents.
Previously, the Texas Attorney General’s office defended the commission’s permitting process, despite local support of the lawsuit.