The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) notified concerned residents in Somervell County this week that the executive director completed the technical review of an air quality permit application from Slick Machines.

Tommy Davis, who owns Slick Machines, applied for the permit on July 25 to open a rock crushing facility on a piece of property owned by Larry Parham, which sits on the Somervell-Erath County line and contains part of Chalk Mountain.

The letter from TCEQ states the executive director made a preliminary decision to issue the permit because it met all rules and regulations set forth by the commission.

Darrell Best, an outspoken opponent of Slick Machines, was disappointed to hear the permit had been granted.

“We submitted questions at the public meeting and none of those have been answered,” Best said. “We’re going to debate whether it (the application) complies to the law or not.”

Best also said they pointed out 20 flaws with the permit application during the TCEQ meeting in October, most notably the fact that none of the required backup documents were filed or available for viewing.

The draft permit will be available for public viewing and copying at the Somervell County Library, located at 108 Allen Drive.

Residents can still submit written public comment to the TCEQ, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105 PO BOX 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087. Comments can be electronically submitted at www.tceq.state.tx.us/about.comments.html.

A notice will be published in a local paper regarding the permit. Residents will have 30 days after publication to submit their comments.