TXI to shut­ter wet-process kilns

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

Grass-roots ac­tivists are claim­ing vic­tory af­ter Texas In­dus­tries an­nounced that it will close all four of its wet-process ce­ment kilns in Mid­loth­ian per­ma­nently.

TXI made the an­nounce­ment in a state­ment Tues­day, call­ing the closings “an op­por­tu­nity to en­hance the op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency of TXI’s mod­ern (dry-process) kiln at the same plant.”

The Dal­las-based con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als com­pany says the move will have no ef­fect on present em­ploy­ment lev­els at the plant, 25 miles south­west of Dal­las.

Plans that burn haz­ardous waste to fire the wet-process kilns have drawn op­po­si­tion from grass-roots groups such as Down­winders at Risk. The group’s di­rec­tor, Jim Schermbeck, says TXI’s de­ci­sion ends a 20-year fight against the kilns.

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