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Edinburg Families Concerned Over nearby Debris Burning

10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, May 16 2019 May 16, 2019 May 16, 2019 5:05 PM May 16, 2019 in News - Local

EDINBURG – Edinburg families living near county crews who are burning debris say they’re concerned their health may be at risk.

Hidalgo County Precinct 4 has burned piles of branches and leaves for a month on the corner of Terry Road and Davis Road.

A precinct spokesman tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS this is an effort to prepare for hurricane season.

One of the residents, Yareli Gomez, says her children’s playground is smokey at times.

“I get choked up; I can't breathe. There is no clean air going around; what is the point of burning it all if it's actually affecting the community and nobody is actually listening,” says Gomez.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says there is multiple safety standards the Hidalgo County needs to follow and an investigation will now begin.

The burning of debris is expected to go on until July 1.

A TCEQ spokesman urges residents to file a complaint through the Harlingen Regional Office at 956-425-6010.

For more information watch for the full report.

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