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Residents file complaint against Travis County over mining project

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Community members in east Travis County filed a discrimination complaint against Travis County after losing a battle to keep a mining project from taking place.

Suzanne McEndree moved to Chaparral Crossing in eastern Travis County four years ago. She says the beauty of the area and the affordable housing brought her to the area.

"There are so many issues I found out about living out here," said McEndree.

Over the past two years, FOX 7 has reported issues in her community. Traffic concerns and water quality and rate issues have been the biggest problems. Now residents in the Hornsby Bend area are dealing with another headache, a mining project in their backyard.

"There's an eastern Hornsby Bend gravel mine that's going to be in this field," said McEndree. "It's part of a larger issue in Travis County. If you look at Eastern Western Travis County there's a lot of hazardous undesirable uses planned in eastern Travis County where there's higher minorities and lower income populations."

Residents filed a discrimination complaint against the Travis County Commissioners. Since there are no mayor or city council members to voice their concerns to, they say county commissioners are the only governing body that could stop some of these things from happening.

"The complaint was filed because there's a difference between eastern and western Travis County," said McEndree. "If a government entity is accepting federal funds they are not allowed to discriminate because of race or origin."

Suzanne says the mining project better known as a gravel pit will bring more traffic, health, water and ecological concerns. If they can't stop the project they'd like to at least see a 1,000 feet buffer from homes.

In response, a TXI spokesperson based in Dallas sent the following statement:

"We have removed a significant portion of mine reserve land, approximately 58 acres, that lies adjacent to a large group of homes and we have altered our sequencing plan to work nearest to those residential areas first, moving away as soon as feasible."

Moving out of the community isn't an option for many residents like McEndree. So they hope the company will at least be mindful of their neighbors.

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