State Representative Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) was one of nine representatives and public members appointed to the House Interim Study Committee on Aggregate Production Operations (APOs) by Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) on Tuesday, December 10.
APOs, which include concrete batch plants and rock quarries, are having a dramatic impact on the environment and surrounding communities in rapidly growing counties like Hays and Blanco.
Rep. Zwiener worked tirelessly with Representative Terry Wilson (R-Marble Falls) and fellow Hill Country representatives during the 86th Legislative Session to address the impacts of APOs.
“I’m honored to have been appointed to this committee where I can serve as a voice for the Hill Country,” said Rep. Zwiener. “New quarries and concrete batch plants are proliferating to provide the road base and concrete for new construction. Some of these operators are good neighbors, but others are locating immediately next to existing neighborhoods, bringing excessive dust, light, noise, and traffic.”
During the 86th Texas Legislative Session, Representative Zwiener filed four bills relating to the oversight of APOs. HB 2939 would have required hours of operations for APO facilities to be between 7 A.M. and 9 P.M.
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