According to Texans for Responsible Aggregate Mining, also known as TRAM, Gunter has 11 permitted concrete batch plants. They said at least one more is seeking a permit nearby, causing some residents concern about their health.

“It’s not that we’re ever trying to shut down concrete production, but it needs to be done safely,” Said Deirdre Diamond, the lead advocate for Gunter Clean Air and a registered respiratory therapist. “We have the science to show that it is not being done safely in our community.”

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