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MEDIA ALERT:     RALLY AGAINST THE DUMP
Monday, April 24, 2017

7pm

Caldwell County Commissioners Court

110 S Main St, Lockhart, TX 78644

This weekend residents raised their voices against the proposed trash dump Green Group wants to build in Caldwell County.  Tonight, they will go before the Commissioners Court and raise them again.

Dozens turned out to hear from Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Roland, Attorney Marisa Perales and Investigative Consultant Wayne Dolcefino on the fight against the landfill.  The message was clear… KEEP FIGHTING.

Opposition to the proposed dumpsite along 183 South of Austin includes a warning from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality lawyer representing the public about Green’s Group credibility, the dump’s smell, and possible environmental damage to a sensitive aquifer.

Two recently elected County Commissioners are pushing for a host agreement with the controversial Green Group garbage company, reversing more than a year of county refusal to even negotiate with the trash company.

Tonight, the Commissioner’s Court will hold a special evening meeting to allow those who want to voice their opposition to the dump.  Sign up begins at 6pm.

Media interviews will be available.  For further information, contact Dolcefino Consulting.

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MEDIA ALERT: RALLY AGAINST THE DUMP
Sunday, April 23, 2017
2-5pm
General Store at Lytton Springs
8573 FM 1854, Dale, Texas 78616

Signs are going up all over the Lockhart area about this weekend’s planned rally against the proposed 130 Environmental Park.

The Sunday afternoon event on April 23, 2017 will be held at the Historic General Store in Lytton Springs and will feature the latest news in the battle against the proposed garbage dump. Leading the fight, Caldwell County Commissioner Joe Roland. Marisa Perales, the Austin attorney representing the neighborhood group fighting the planned skyscraper of trash will detail the legal effort.

The rally will be held from 2-5 PM located in a field behind the historic storefront. The rally comes on the eve of a special evening session of the Caldwell County Commissioners on Monday Night. Two new County Commissioners are pushing for a host agreement with the controversial Green Group garbage company, reversing more than a year of county refusal to even negotiate with the trash company.

Opposition to the proposed dumpsite along 183 South of Austin includes a warning from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality lawyer representing the public about Green’s Group credibility, the dump’s smell, and possible environmental damage to a sensitive aquifer.

Media interviews will be available.

For further information, contact Dolcefino Consulting.

A huge protest rally is being held in Lytton Springs this month as a way for residents to send a loud message to stop the proposed Green Group garbage dump outside of Lockhart.

In recent weeks, the County Judge and recently elected Commissioners have moved quickly to cut a financial deal with Green Group. This after their predecessors spent $93,000 in legal fees to fight the landfill. Maybe they should read the letter sent by the Public Watchdog for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

“130 Environmental Park provided false or misleading information to the Executive Director,” writes Public Interest Attorney Aaron Tucker, “The potential for aquifer contamination is a serious concern.”

More than 100 people live within a mile of the proposed 130 Environmental Park site. The Public Interest Counsel wants more protections against noise and nuisance odors.

“The proposed location increases the risk of a washout of waste and contamination of water resources as well nuisance conditions,” says Tucker.

Caldwell County Commissioner Joe Roland will headline the event, scheduled on April 23, from 1 – 4 pm at the Lytton Springs Park. The following evening the Caldwell County Commissioners will hold a special evening meeting to discuss the deal with Green Group. Roland is a vocal opponent of any deal with Green Group, a company with a troubled history.

“It is time for the rest of Caldwell County to step up and help these folks fight;” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “Would you want to live next to this tower of trash run by these guys? Is it worth taking their money to sell out your neighbors? Of course not.”

Dolcefino’s Investigative Communications firm helped expose secret meetings in the fight against Green Group in Waller County.

The community rally is scheduled at Lytton Springs Park between 1 and 4 pm, Sunday April 23rd.

Read more of the files at exposegreengroup.com/caldwell.html.

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When politicians want to keep stuff secret from the home folks, they often put required public notices in another town’s newspaper.

It’s sneaky. It’s also an old trick.

That’s why Hempstead Mayor Michael Wolfe has some explaining to do.

Why in the world is the City of Hempstead trying to change their landfill ordinance when they know Green Group will use that as an opening to finally get the 17-story tall tower of trash they want on Highway 6.

That’s right. The City of Hempstead has put a notice of their intent to change the ordinance they passed to fight the landfill. No press release. No word to the citizens of Hempstead. Just a public notice in the government section of the Brookshire paper.

Lawyers for the Citizens Against the Landfill and Waller County are reportedly scratching their heads too.

Right now, Green Group is fighting the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in an Austin courtroom, in part because they want to prove the Hempstead ordinance won’t stand up.

Mayor Michael Wolfe promised locals he would fight the landfill, but the town is in money trouble, and that is a recipe for trouble. Wolfe needs to explain this proposed landfill change today, and the community needs to send a clear message.

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A new candidate for public office may not be an expert on the Texas law requiring campaign finance reports.

However, it is a crime to not file on time.

Hoppy Haden is the new Commissioner in Caldwell County. He’s leading the move to cut a deal with Green Group Holdings for a host agreement for a big tower of trash outside of town, even though the TCEQ is a long way from granting them the final permit.

Of course, the smell, the traffic, and possible environmental threat to the flood plain won’t be in Haden’s district, it will be in Lytton Springs, in Commissioner Joe Roland’s Precinct. Roland is vexed that political courtesy is being thrown out the door. Even in Harris County, hardly a bastion of political ethics, you would never see a Commissioner ignored like this. The same thing happened in Waller County when Green Group was involved.

Hmm…

We went to the Caldwell County Elections Office to look up Mr. Haden’s campaign finance reports. We know his campaign treasurer knows to file, because there are reports through October 20, 2016.

The final report, the one with the money raised and spent by Haden during those final critical days, it is not filed. It is about two months late.

That’s against the law, but we are sure the local District Attorney Fred Weber is way ahead of us. Right?

Justice for the poor folks in Uniontown, Alabama.

The garbage giant Green Group has dismissed its libel lawsuit against the Black Belt Citizens, the group that has been outspoken on Facebook about the garbage company and what coal ash has done to their town.

The Citizens claim the Arrowhead landfill in Uniontown is causing major health problems to residents. They fought against even allowing the landfill to be built, and in 2008 when it began accepting coal ash, they took their fight to court, and took those concerns to the media.

In July of last year, they got punished by Green Group with a lawsuit accusing the Citizens of libel and slander and demanded $30 million dollars in damages. That’s when the ACLU stepped in to represent the Citizens in their fight against Green Group’s lawsuit.

Guess Green Group doesn’t like bad pub.

Texans should watch what happened in Uniontown. Green Group is now suing the State of Texas, still trying to put a tower of trash near Hempstead.

The company has been criticized for having secret meetings with politician, and getting rid of records on the soil they tested.

That’s why attention is on Lockhart, where the politicians are thinking about doing a deal with Green Group, after spending tens of thousands of dollars fighting them, and the release of public records.

The folks who want to put a giant tower of smelly out of town trash along Highway 6 are setting the stage for another legal battle.

The playbook is obvious.

Lawyers for the proposed Pintail landfill want the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to overrule their own executive director after he ruled he doesn’t have authority to challenge local landfill ordinances that keep the garbage guys out.

Pintail will lose… unless their lobbyists are more powerful than they have proven to be so far.

And then Pintail will go back to court. They have telegraphed their play.

In the motion, Pintail argues Waller County can’t fight the battle over the Hempstead landfill because it is in Hempstead’s ETJ. They even claim Waller County cut that deal as part of the legal settlement after secret illegal meetings were exposed. They claim neither the City of Hempstead or Waller County have done what they were supposed to do to protect the proposed site.

Even if that’s Pintail garbage, taxpayers deserve answers.

It is time for the Waller County Attorney Elton Mathis to tell taxpayers the whole truth. The politicians didn’t pay the bill for all the illegal acts, the taxpayers did.

What’s the fine print of the settlement?

Why did Mathis break his word about the investigation he promised to conduct?

The City of Hempstead should call a special meeting and tell the whole truth.

They should direct their Economic Development Fund be used to fight the growing image of Hempstead as a planned garbage dump.

It is also time for the Mayor of Hempstead to formally ask Waller County Commissioners for help. If Pintail is right, fix it.

It is time for the Waller County Commissioners to circle all their legal wagons too.

This landfill battle has cost the citizens of Hempstead over two million dollars.

That’s real garbage.
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If you don’t want to see a 17-story tall tower of smelly, nasty garbage rising along a beautiful stretch of Highway 6 near Hempstead, now is your chance to say NO.

The Texas Commissioner on Environmental Quality will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on the proposed Pintail garbage dump. If you are wondering why this hearing is even happening, the answer is simple.

Apparently holding secret meetings with government officials, throwing away critical evidence, and getting the engineering wrong doesn’t mean much to the Texas Government bureaucrats paid to protect communities from bad landfills.

Green Group was accused of doing all of those things and more, and their first application for a garbage dump on Highway 6 was strongly rejected. That also doesn’t seem to matter in Texas.

Green Group got to submit another landfill application, even though both the City of Hempstead and Waller County have landfill ordinances in place that make it impossible to put the garbage dump there.

The Citizens Against the Landfill in Hempstead has spent more than 1 million dollars fighting the dump. The city of Hempstead has spent hundreds of thousands more. The TCEQ knows Green Group didn’t play by the rules.

So what message is Governor Abbott sending to the Citizens of Waller County?

Struggle to spend your life savings to fight an unwanted garbage dump that threatens the environment of a beautiful county. Expose political corruption. Secret meetings. Prove the landfill will damage the water supply.

Do all that and be told none of that mattered.

That is wrong. The TCEQ should have the guts to say to Green Group, sorry, but you’ve lost your chance. We are teaching the good people in Waller County that all that matters are having former TCEQ Officials on the payroll, have friends in high places. Follow the fight on exposegreengroup.com.

And give the TCEQ a piece of your mind. 7 pm. Hempstead High School, 801 Donoho Street

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