TCEQ Investigating Haltom City Business After Paint Complaints

10 p spraying business TCEQ Investigating Haltom City Business After Paint Complaints

Jim Grzann, left, speaks with Haltom City Fire Marshall Fred Napp about a nearby paint business on March 27, 2012. (Credit: CBSDFW.com)

HALTOM CITY (CBSDFW.COM) – Jim Grzann walked around his front yard Tuesday pointing to all the different pieces of equipment he’s gathered over the years, “This is my work yard,” he said.

He also pointed to a layer of green paint that covers his roof. It lives on his equipment, too –– it’s even on the road bordering his property.

Grzann says when the business next door, Shotwell & Son, is working on storage tanks the wind carries the paint toward his property.

Since Grzann is blind, “For me to see something I have to touch it,” he said.

“There is no other way; I’ve got to touch it. When I touch it, it’s on me. If it’s wet paint, if it’s grease, if it’s dirt; it’s on me.  I need to know if this overspray is hazardous to our health; if it’s going to make us sick.”

The sandblasting and painting company was cited by Haltom City a few weeks ago for illegal spraying.

The citation was for $500.

“I issued a citation to the business a couple of weeks ago and also contacted TCEQ (The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality),” said Haltom City Fire Marshall Fred Napp. “The problem is that TCEQ has the heavier hammer as the state regulator for spray painting and emissions I contacted them and they opened a case.”

Napp also says outdoor paint spraying in Haltom City isn’t allowed. Monday afternoon, he stopped by Grzann’s property and spoke to the 64-year-old.

“Show me what you are seeing today that’s getting on your property you have paint overspray on your building?” asked Napp.

Grzann replied, “Wait a minute!  I’m blind not stupid!  You’re asking me to show you!  Something is wrong with this mister!  Now I’m getting hot! Damn I’m getting hot!” says Grzann.

CBS 11 News contacted TCEQ as well. A spokesperson says the agency is conducting multiple investigations after receiving a number of complaints.

CBS 11 News also tried to talk to someone with Shotwell and Son, but multiple phone calls have not been returned over the past two days.

When a crew went by the business Tuesday the gate was immediately shut.

As for Grzann, “All I want is for you to run a chemical compound on that,” he told Napp. “Is it going to make me sick?”

The best the fire marshal told him he could do is call TCEQ again, “It’s beyond what we can do in our office.  I’m not a chemist.”

Napp says the business has submitted plans to build something so they can spray the tanks indoors.

The TCEQ expects its investigation to wrap up in May.

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  1. R. Smith says:

    I dont blame this man for being upset! How dare they act like this is not important – or that they cant see it for themselves!! Inhaling paint like that IS DEFINITELY hazardous to your health! If this paint is all over everything like they say it is – the company should be sued!!!!!!

  2. Blogger Q. Public says:

    You people who take what the news reporter says (or what they don’t say) as gospel and believe that everything is really the way they make it seem, deserve to be at the mercy of a manipulative news media looking to draw in viewers. You never know how unscrupulous and manipulative the media and news are until they misrepresent something you know of personally. “Channel 11 NEWS: “We’re masters of innuendo and half truths, and we never think twice about it except what will draw in ratings on a slow night.”

  3. Innocent bystander says:

    The blind victim is an equal offender. Have you seen the property? It’s real life hoarders meets Sanford and son. Both folks should be closed and fined several thousand dollars a day until fixed.

    1. Blogger Q. Public says:

      Innocent bystander, have you seen the property? I was there two days ago and Shotwell and Sons is not a junkyard. I would look firsthand for myself before I made comments like that, because obviously you are confused. The complainants property IS junk, he’s gotten into trouble for all the junk on his property.
      As for illegal spraying, not all spraying of paint outside is illegal. The paint they are spraying outside now is water-based. And from what I understand, the citation they got for illegal spraying was for not having a permit.
      Whether I’m a friend of Shotwell or not, or might be close to someone who actually WORKS there, makes no difference. If they were in the wrong I’d be railing against them, not CBS. But just knowing that the news blatantly leaves out certain information and implies things in order to make a more sensational story is the problem. The mistake Shotwell made was not talking to the media, but I am sure they are about to come forward and make the truth clear.

      1. Agassifan says:

        BQP, bystander was referring to Grzann being an equal offender, not Shotwell & Son. Sanford & Sons was a TV show.

      2. Blogger Q. Public says:

        Yes, i figured that out afterwards, that is why i made my comment below, even though it didn’t attribute to me.

    2. Blogger Q. Public says:

      Innocent bystander, have you seen the property? I was there two days ago and Shotwell and Sons is not a junkyard. I’ve never seen it that way. It is a painting and sandblasting company, there are going to be junk items inside the fence! I would look firsthand for myself before I made comments like that, because obviously you are confused. The complainants property IS junk, he’s gotten into trouble for all the junk on his property.
      As for illegal spraying, not all spraying of paint outside is illegal. For example, housepaint? What if the paint they are spraying outside now is water-based? And what if you knew the citation they got for illegal spraying was for not having a permit, and that they have one now? AND if you knew that the Fire Marshal told them they are in compliance with all standards now? Nevermind the fact it was stated they are building an outdoor facility to house the larger items to be painted anyway.
      Whether I’m a friend of Shotwell or not, or might be close to someone who actually has or does WORK there, makes no difference. I’m not saying nothing was done wrong at one point or another, just that the media leads you to believe certain things that are not true to make things more interesting. The news blatantly leaves out certain information and implies things in order to make a more sensational story is the problem. The mistake Shotwell made was not talking to the media, but I am sure they are about to come forward and make the truth clear.

  4. R. Smith says:

    Regardless of what state the property is in – and the city should make him clean it up – the paint company is definitely in the wrong – first of all they are not supposed to spray outside – which they obviously do – and secondly the fumes alone are hazardous. The mans property may be in bad shape but at least he has a reason -good or not – hes blind! The company blatently puts people in harm – a much more serious offense!
    And to Blogger – what I saw on video was with my own eyes – I am not taking what they say as gospel – Im simply commenting on what I see and read.
    I know that you could be a friend of Mr. Shotwell just trying to keep people from siding with the blind man – I simply dont know what YOUR motives are.
    Channel 11 simply reported on it – its for the public to be concerned – or not.

  5. xxxxx00000 says:

    It is necessary for me to amend my previous comments to indicate that 1) I am not a representative of Shotwell & Sons, 2) my information is secondhand knowledge, 3) I commented this morning in a moment of haste prior to having my morning caffeine. Innocent, please disregard my comments in reply to you. Obviously I was the one confused.

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