TXI will permanently shut down its four oldest, highest-polluting cement kilns in Midlothian and will stop burning hazardous waste as fuel, the company said Tuesday.
The Dallas-based company’s announcement ends an environmental battle that has raged in North Texas for decades.
Midlothian became a center for the cement industry because of extensive limestone deposits. Yet it also became the site of one of the country’s biggest environmental fights.
Federal law allows some cement kilns to burn hazardous waste as fuel to create the high heat required to make cement. TXI is the only company that has burned hazardous waste in Midlothian in recent years.
Environmentalists across the country and in North Texas said burning massive volumes of chemical waste needlessly endangered the public.
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