Belton's Rockwool site freed for heavy industrial useBelton's Rockwool site freed for heavy industrial usehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=76832013-04-15T08:37:00Z2013-04-15T08:30:00Z

BELTON - An arrangement between the City of Belton and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has freed more than 90 acres of land in which to expand the city’s wastewater treatment plant and attract new commercial and heavy industrial businesses.

The 94 acres of the Rockwool Superfund site along FM 93 and Taylors Valley Rd. was acquired at no cost to the city in two tax sale auctions after the Environmental Protection Agency and TCEQ spent more than $18 million cleaning and containing waste caused by a former household insulation plant, Rockwool Industries, which closed in the mid-1980s. The EPA deemed the area a Superfund site in the late 1990s.

The city has been working for a release on liens of the property, which Belton and TCEQ recently successfully concluded after 18 months of negotiation, said Sam Listi, the city manager.

The city paid $50,000 to TCEQ for the release and will provide landscaping and general maintenance of the property while TCEQ agreed to continue monitoring both water quality at on-site wells and a containment cell housing the waste material.

The property has been deemed suitable for nonresidential use, and is located in an ideal area near I-35 and US 190.

The land not only provides 70-plus acres of new commercial and heavy industrial zoning, but 16 acres for the planned expansion of the Temple-Belton wastewater treatment plant, which has already reached capacity thresholds triggering state-mandated planning for an expansion. The plant serves all of Belton and about 75 percent of Temple.

Read more at the Temple Daily Telegram.

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