TXI to keep Midlothian wet cement kilns closed

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 issued Tuesday afternoon, 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 to burn hazardous waste, such as tires, to fire the wet-process kilns have drawn the vocal opposition of grass-roots groups, such as Downwinders at Risk. The group’s director, Jim Schermbeck, says TXI’s decision culminates a 20-year fight against the kilns.

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  • robber2112

    Thank you Jesus…..

  • robber2112

    I live in between these kilns. You can’t even put white cloths outside to dry without them smelling or discoloring in some fashion. You can imagine how hard it is for the kids to play or do anything at Hawkins Park Complex on highway 1387. Kids have to play in these chemicals……

  • Daniel

    They closed them because the dry kiln makes more cement,with less cost. If you only had a clue of the money TXI spends on trying to help the people around Midlothian,and doing the right thing.Who was there 1st ,the plant or the people building houses around a cement plant ?Downwinders at Risk won ? what a joke

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