Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Tuesday, April 2, 2002

ATTORNEY GENERAL CORNYN GETS COURT ORDER AGAINST TRUCKING COMPANY

Basse Truck Line Inc. in Bexar County Ordered to Correct Nuisance Conditions

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn has obtained a Travis County district court judgment against Basse Truck Line Inc., requiring the company to comply with the state's laws concerning dust nuisance, a condition that has severely affected a neighborhood near the San Antonio facility.

"I am pleased that the court agreed with us that this company has for too long ignored state laws designed to protect the health of these residents on the east side San Antonio," said Attorney General Cornyn. "It is time to improve their quality of life, and the company can do this by adopting responsible business practices, something it should have done long ago."

District Judge John K. Dietz ordered the company to comply with a Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission order from July 2000, which directed the company to correct severe dust problems caused by heavy truck traffic on its large unpaved lot. The truck activity to and from the facility would often cause large volumes of dust to settle on adjacent residential areas - the Willowwood and Meadowview North subdivisions northeast of downtown. The company must take actions to correct the problem within 60 days, according to the court's order.

One neighborhood resident, State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, is particularly pleased by the court's order.

"The residents in my neighborhood have, for a long time, suffered from respiratory problems and nuisance conditions caused by Basse's dust problem, " the District 120 representative said. "I'm very encouraged by the court's order and now expect the company to act in good faith out of respect for its neighbors."

The court also assessed civil penalties and state attorney fees against Basse totaling $34,800.

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