Monday, April 7, 2008

NIMBY: Wastewater Plant Edition

A classic example of NIMBY: McLennan County wants to put in a waste water treatment plant; local residents don't want it near them. One side wants to facilitate development; the other wants to preserve rural amenities.

Two points:
  1. The waste water treatment plant has to go somewhere and like it or lump it, rural areas are better locations due to more open space and cheaper land.
  2. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is not going to allow this plant to discharge any hazardous materials. As for the smell, local resident would be better off letting the plant be built and then bringing a suit if the plant creates an odor.

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