Texas signed off on the restoration of this previous coal mine. Now a leaky landfill is contaminating groundwater.
The city hasn’t recovered. Faculty enrollment has dropped 17 p.c over the past decade, and the proportion of economically deprived college students has elevated from 53 p.c to 68 p.c. Bobby Dhaliwal, a Rockdale native who works at his household’s Shell fuel station downtown, stated enterprise has fallen by half since Alcoa and Luminant halted operations.