Two bills introduced to the Texas legislature earlier this month by Canyon Lake’s House Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-73) could strengthen the state’s regulatory authority over mining operations like Vulcan Materials’ proposed rock quarry at Highway 46 and FM 3009.
One of the bills might even halt development of the controversial 1500-acre open-pit limestone quarry in a high-density residential area of central Comal County, between Bulverde, Spring Branch, Garden Ridge, and New Braunfels.
Larry Bailey, Biedermann’s policy analyst, led the effort to draft house bills 2871 and 3798.
A fifth-generation Texas on his mother’s side, he’s worked for Texas Water Quality Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Energy, and two international engineering consulting firms.
Bailey said Biedermann’s two bills are the culmination of extensive discussions with the regulatory community in Austin, constituents, industry groups like the Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association, EPA, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, grassroots advocacy organizations, and officials from other states with comparable mining operations.
“The people of District 73 spoke, they came to Rep. Biedermann in different forms, many times as individuals, sometimes as groups, and their concerns were heard,” he said.
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