Tommy Davis of Slick Machines has placed a second notice in this week’s edition of the Reporter stating that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has ruled his application for an air quality permit complies with the law.

Residents have 30 days to write in protest to the TCEQ. Letters may request another public meeting, similar to the one held in October 2008, and residents close to the site can request a public hearing. Local legislators can also request a public meeting.

Slick Machines is a rock crushing company based in Brownwood that has decided to place an operation in Somervell County on property owned by Larry Parham. Parham’s property includes parts of Chalk Mountain and can be seen from the rest stop area on Highway 67.

Concerned residents raised a number of issues at the first public meeting, including questions about required supporting documentation missing from the application.

Daryl Best, president of Chalk Mountain Foundation, said 20 infractions were pointed out during the October meeting and he has not received any response from TCEQ regarding those concerns.

He also pointed out that the second permit notice does not include the amount of rock proposed to be crushed.

Best also said State Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) has agreed to request a second public meeting.

Residents can still write TCEQ in protest of the Slick Machine application and request a second public meeting. Letters need to be sent to: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087. Be sure to reference Air Quality Permit Number 82199L002.