Zinc Resources proposed EAF dust recycling facility

Zinc Resources has proposed building an EAF dust recycling facility at the Port of Victoria’s north industrial site on 25 acres of land that would be leased from the port.

A company that recently canceled plans to build an electric-arc, furnace-dust recycling facility in Live Oak County is now looking to build the $55-$60 million facility at the Port of Victoria.

Houston-based Zinc Resources decided not to build the EAF dust-recycling facility in Whitsett following opposition from more than 100 residents, local officials, State Sen. Judith Zaffirini and State Rep. Ryan Guillen, according to TCEQ records and several articles published in the Pleasanton Express.

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Kali Venable is an investigative and environmental reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at kvenable@vicad.com.

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"I am a Houston native and 5th generation Texan, with a degree in journalism and minor in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin. I care deeply about public interests and the community I serve.”

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Glenn Wilson

I don't see how the presence of this poison pill will encourage people, business or industry to come to Victoria. How do you sell that as a positive?

Glenn Wilson

""Crittendon said the emission calculations used for the permit application are “extremely conservative.”" "“If there was any danger to the public or the land or what have you, TCEQ would not be issuing a permit to build one of these,” he said. “To me, I don’t see any danger to the surrounding environmental at all.”" - Well then Mr. Crittendon, will you be moving yourself and family to live in Victoria and share this bounty with us, or do you plan to simply drop this poop on our doorstep and run away? I can't even imagine how any of our elected officials can approve this grenade without first receiving considerable financial encouragement.

David Stringfellow

Glenn, we have a small group of advocates working out of Whitsett that might be able to help. Check out the Facebook page for South Texas Citizens Coalition and contact me or Noah Johnson for more information. These people are, well, crooks. And I mean that in the best way.

David Stringfellow

Hello Kali. Great story! I am a consultant who worked to fight a similar plant from locating in Cass County, Indiana. I'll reach out to you via email. In the meantime, a suggested correction: The town in Live Oak County was Whitsett, not Winslet.

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Kali Venable

Thank you catching this mistake, David. The spelling of the town of Whitsett has been corrected!

David Stringfellow

Thanks for the correction. Did you get my email by chance? If not, check your inbox. There is some good research info available there.

Debra Chronister

Just so y'all know how the dust is classified:

(Information is pasted from the MSDS. The link is at the end of the list. )

H301+H311+H331 - Toxic if swallowed, in contact with skin or if inhaled

H314 - Causes severe skin burns and eye damage

H317 - May cause an allergic skin reaction

H334 - May cause an allergy or asthma symptons or breathing difficulties if inhaled H341 - Suspected of causing genetic defects

H350 - May cause cancer

H372 - Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure

: P201 - Obtain special instructions before use.

P202 - Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood.

P260 - Do not breathe dust, fume, vapors.

P264 - Wash hands, forearms and face thoroughly after handling.

P270 - Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.

P271 - Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.

P272 - Contaminated work clothing must not be allowed out of the workplace

P280 - Wear eye protection, face protection, protective clothing, protective gloves. P301+P310 - If swallowed: Immediately call a POISON CENTER

P301+P330+P331 - If swallowed: rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting

P303+P361+P353 - If on skin (or hair): Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower

P304+P340 - If inhaled: Remove person to fresh air and keep comfortable for breathing P305+P351+P338 - If in eyes: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing

P310 - Immediately call a POISON CENTER

P330 - Rinse mouth.

P333+P313 - If skin irritation or rash occurs: Get medical advice/attention.

P342+P311 - If experiencing respiratory symptoms: Call a doctor

P403+P233 - Store in a well-ventilated place. Keep container tightly closed.

P405 - Store locked up.

P501 - Dispose of contents/container to hazardous or special waste collection point, in accordance with local, regional, national and/or international regulation

https://www2.gerdau.com/sites/gln_gerdau/files/downloadable_files/Steel_Mill_Electric_Arc_Furnace_Dust.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1Lo8wyTuZijVzpDSw9yJc3sm3lw2t0107h7DL-tYPVksMjJvp7Qv5ilro

Debra Chronister

The cancer rates for the health service area in Victoria are among the highest in the state. These additional toxins blowing straight to us, courtesy of our prevailing winds, will most certainly decrease our quality of life and increase illness among residents. I don't want to live downwind of this plant, nor should anyone concerned for their health or their family's health.

Debra Chronister

Prevailing winds seven months of the year will deliver all this straight to Bloomington and Victoria:

“The facility will emit the following contaminants: carbon monoxide, hazardous air pollutants, nitrogen oxides, organic compounds, particulate matter including particulate matter with diameters of 10 µm or less and 2.5 µm or less, lead and sulfur dioxide.” Until emissions are considerably lower, this plant should not be upwind of a community. Please write to TCEQ to protest the building of this facility south of Victoria.

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