DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas mother just wanted a cleaner environment to raise her children.
Tonight, nearly a year after this mother renewed her longstanding worries about pollution from an 80-year-old shingle factory down the street, she got her wish.
Now this factory has announced its closure.
West Dallas residents have long complained about the smell and air quality of this shingle factory.
But those complaints went nowhere until a woman launched a campaign that shows anyone how to tackle an environmental nuisance and win.
Janie Cisneros has never left the quiet West Dallas street she grew up on, just yards from a large roofing materials factory.
“It’s always been in the background. It’s always been in the background,” said Cisneros, founder of GAFs Gotta Go. ‘rotten egg.”
After decades of dealing with it, Cisneros decided to look into the environmental impact of GAF and was stunned by what she found.
“We live next to a mega polluter and in order for us to have a cleaner environment, a healthier environment, we have to eliminate what harms us what harms us,” Cisneros said.
His campaign, called GAF’s Gotta Go, began last September.
Today, the 80-year-old company announced in a statement that it will close for the next seven years and relocate its 150 employees.
“Our plan allows these individuals and families to be supported through this transition, while enabling the development of the West Dallas neighborhood to meet the future needs of the city and the community,” GAF said in a statement. .
It no longer fits into a neighborhood where new residential developments are edging closer to factories that were once miles away.
“What GAF said, if they’ve heard the community loud and clear and recognize that as west Dallas changes and becomes more residential, that industrial use just doesn’t fit west anymore of Dallas,” Dallas City Council member, District 6, said Omar Narvaez.
But GAF was still down the street from where Cisneros lived and where she is now raising her young daughter.
“My daughter, when I take her outside, I don’t want to worry about what she inhales,” Cisneros said.
In the statement, GAF did not specify where it would be moving.