The Harris County (Texas) Attorney’s Office filed a lawsuit accusing Houston-based Sesco Cement of violating the Texas Clean Air Act, Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act and the Texas Water Code, reported KHOU 11. The office alleges that cement powder from the facility has drifted off-site, causing health and safety risks to the public.
The Attorney’s Office said that several inspections were conducted over the past 12 months, in which cement powder was found to have hardened inside storm drains at the company’s production facility in north Houston. Piles of cement dust and other debris, one measuring 350-ft. long, 45-ft. wide and 8-ft. tall, were also reportedly found at the facility.
According to the lawsuit, the plant was operating two silos and three hoppers without having included them on documentation filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.