UPDATE: Vulcan withdrew this permit on January 18, 2018 and submitted a new permit, #150104.
On Oct. 31st, 2017, Vulcan Materials issued a public notice in the Boerne Star (permit #149060) for an Air Quality Standard Permit Application for a concrete batch plant to be located .42 miles west of StoneWall Drive just south of Highway 46. This is the property directly west of Texas Timber Frames, a property near many hill country family homes (particularly those in Pleasant Valley, but also affecting many others) and very close to Hill Country Montessori School.
Special notes of interest on the application are as follows:
The permit request is for a facility with over 500 employees.
The permit request is for permission to operate 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 52 weeks/year.
The permit request includes operation at night.
The permit request expects to emit dust or particulate matter from 6 sources (stockpiles, baghouse, drop points, truck loading, etc.).
The permit request estimates the amount and size of dust particles to be emitted and includes particulate matter less than 10 microns (PM 10) and very small particulate matter that is less than 2.5 microns (PM 2.5).
NOTE: PM 10 can irritate human airways, especially amongst elderly, the sick, and children. Short-term effects can include eye, nose, throat, and lung irritation, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and shortness of breath. PM 2.5 is more of a concern because the particles are small enough to get into your lungs and even penetrate the bloodstream. Studies link increases in PM 2.5 exposure to increased respiratory and cardiovascular hospital admissions and ER visits, and increased mortality. People with breathing and heart problems, children and elderly may be particularly sensitive to PM 10 and PM 2.5 exposures.