BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is still investigating the potentially harmful emissions coming from the tire recycling plant near Harlingen, Na'Tassia Finley has been trying to contact the Director of the plant for three days, she has the latest.
"Martha Martinez, please."
For the third day now, no return call, not even a generic statement released to our news department, from the director of the tire recycling plant in Harlingen.
The plant is, again, under investigation by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for using a thermal converter unit to break down tires. TCEQ tells NewsCenter 23 the plant does not have authorization to use the thermal converter unit.
The current investigation stems from an incident on Monday where a number of residents complained of health issues, some even treated by EMS, after emissions were seen coming from the plant.
Emissions consistent with those that would come from the plant using a thermal converter unit. While they are not authorized to treat tires through that process, TCEQ says the plant is authorized to operate as a tire transporter, processor and storage facility, they may also chip and shred tires.
For now, NewsCenter 23 will continue reaching out to the plant director, Martha Martinez, in hopes of getting their side of the story.