Concrete Batch Plants

2021-10-09T15:05:32-05:00|

Concrete Batch Plants

Building Healthy Communities

The over-concentration of concrete batch plants in Houston’s communities of color and low-income neighborhoods is disrupting the health and peace of local residents. It’s time for this to change.

The issue

There are about 180 concrete batch plants in the Houston area, more than in any other area in Texas. These plants emit cement dust and other particulates into the air, which can cause respiratory problems for nearby residents. In addition, they create significant noise pollution and generate truck traffic on residential streets. 

Due to the absence of zoning laws in Houston and lack of state regulation, concrete batch plants can be sited almost anywhere in the city. Mostly, these plants tend to cluster in low-income, minority communities. A number of Houston neighborhoods have multiple facilities in close proximity to residents, exposing residents to adverse cumulative impacts.

What we’re doing

Community-informed Data

To better understand the health impacts of concrete batch plants on communities, we advocate for fence line air monitoring around problematic facilities in order to gather data on emissions and their harms. 

Enforcement

To ensure compliance with air permits and to hold facilities accountable to communities, we advocate for regulatory agencies to proactively inspect existing concrete batch plants.

Policy Advocacy

Our state-level policy advocacy calls for legislation that: creates stronger protections for communities by limiting where concrete batch plants can be located, strengthens transparency of the public notification and participation process by requiring companies to notify residents directly, and allows for greater enforcement power for local officials over plants that pose health risks. 

Learn more

TCEQ OKs crystalline silica exemption for concrete batch plants
San Antonio Express-News, September 22

‘Out of breath’: Oversight of hazardous Texas concrete plant emissions comes to a head
San Antonio Express-News, September 17

It’s hard to breathe with a concrete plant in your backyard
Urban Edge, August 19, 2020

Affordability Vs. Safety: Houston Debates New Housing Projects In Areas With Environmental Risk
Houston Public Media, February 21, 2020

Houston Lawmakers Support Slate of Affordable Housing Projects Amid Environmental Concerns
Houston Public Media, February 19, 2020

Houston Affordable Housing Projects Compete For $150 Million In State Funding
Houston Public Media, February 11, 2020

Company withdraws request to build concrete batch plant in Aldine — in the middle of a public meeting to oppose it
Houston Chronicle, January 30, 2020

Company withdraws application to build concrete batch plant in Houston neighborhood
Houston Chronicle, January 22, 2020

Officials, residents push back against plans for concrete plant near NW Houston neighborhood
Houston Chronicle, January 7, 2020

Acres Homes is no place for a concrete plant and other polluters [Editorial]
Houston Chronicle, October 24, 2019

Acres Homes family may be fighting losing battle
The Leader News, August 21, 2019

One houston Neighborhood is putting Texas’ air quality rules to the test. They’re losing. 
Houston Chronicle, August 8, 2019

Bill Aims to Protect Communities of Color from Polluting Concrete Facilities
Texas Observer, April 25, 2017

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