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Jun 13, 2014 7:08 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

Rumors About Ammunition Plant Spread Through Rockport

ROCKPORT - There is lots of anxiety this week in a neighborhood on the western end of Rockport about the possibility of an ammunition plant being built down the street.

The area of Copano Heights in question is currently undeveloped land, but it's right next to a neighborhood with dozens of homes.

Naturally, neighbors were alarmed to hear rumors about secret plans to build an ammunition plant and all sorts of negative impacts that come along with it.

"We would like to know what they are planning," says neighbor Susan Schneider, "we would like to know what toxins are going to be affecting our air quality, our water quality."

Schneider and several other neighbors voiced their concern this week, and made it clear that they aren't going away.

Birdie Sanchez says, "We want Mayor Wax to know that if this is going to happen, we're going to be vocal about it, not aggressive or militant, just vocal, to let them know that this is not acceptable to us, to our way of life. This is a resort area. We're not Corpus Christi, with all their oil wells and stuff and all the smells."

Ironically, Rockport city officials were baffled when contacted about the concerns.

City Manager Kevin Carruth said the area is currently zoned as R-1, for residential development, and there is nothing in the works change that.

"There's no request for zoning changes, no building plans, there's no request for utilities," he says.

Carruth is aware of the rumors, and encourages anyone with concerns to contact city officials and discuss them.

"I know there's a second letter that went out in the last few days that even brought in the use of depleted uranium and all sorts of bad things that come from that, and I don't know where in the world they're getting this kind of, whey they're putting that kind of junk out."

In the meantime, the neighbors are circulating a petition and plan to be at the next city council meeting in two weeks to make it perfectly clear where they stand.

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