SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Residents of Dorchester had a chance to sound off Monday night about plans to build a cement kiln in their small community eight miles southwest of Sherman [MAP].

Lawmakers and hundreds of concerned citizens from all over Grayson County attended the meeting hosted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

"I just think there are a lot of issues with regards to water and air, and the impact it's going to have on our economy," said state Rep. Reggie Smith (R-District 62).

TCEQ was there to listen to public comments and give officials with Black Mountain Dorchester — the company proposing the cement plant — a chance to answer questions.

"We're here to speak out against the application hoping it will be denied," said Grayson County Judge Bruce Dawsey as the TCEQ considers its final ruling on whether to approve the cement kiln permit application, an air quality permit that acknowledges the significant amount air contaminants the plant would emit.

"Near this mining site there's almost 20,000 houses that are already being platted to be built," said state Sen Drew Springer (R-District 30). "People will change their minds if they realize this is being put in next door."

It was determined the emission levels would not exceed any federal regulations; but many concerned individuals remain worried about its potential impact.

"The quality of air and the water, and the pollutants that it's going to put out," said Zach Poling, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dorchester, and a next door neighbor to the proposed plant. 

Another concern raised during the meeting was the runway at the TX Aerosport Aerodrome, an airport located about 600 feet away from the proposed plant site.

"My question is, have you gotten permission from the FAA?" asked a representative form the airport. 

TCEQ said that was out of their jurisdiction. And Black Mountain Dorchester representatives said they would be willing to follow all FAA requirements.

"I don't think this thing should be here, because there's a church here, and besides there's a lot of farm houses over next to it," said Zach Poling's son Eli.

"Then we have to move, and we can't see our friends anymore," added Poling's son Caleb.

TCEQ will take comments form both sides into consideration before making its final decision.