As Skin Rashes Spread Near Milwhite Plant, Valley Interfaith Challenges Brownsville Mayor & Council to Take Action
Valley Interfaith leaders told graphic stories at an assembly they organized to challenge the Mayor of Brownsville to address the health impacts of plant operations by the Milwhite industrial clay plant on South Padre Island Highway. In addition to new skin conditions developing among infants and adults, excessive white dust, noise and truck movement has made life intolerable for nearby residents.
"We’re literally breathing in the dust particles,” said Valley Interfaith leader Adhlemy Sanchez.
The Rio Grande Guardian reports that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has fined Milwhite several times for failing to prevent "nuisance" impacts on neighbors and maintain abatement equipment.
The assembly was held at St. Eugene Mazenod Catholic Church in Brownsville. In attendance were City of Brownsville Mayor John Cowen and Brownsville City Commissioner Linda C. Macias, in addition to city staff.
Video: Valley Interfaith Leader Stories, Rio Grande Guardian
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