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Right to a Clean Texas!
Your right to protest permits to polluters
to foul our air, water, and land is at stake in the
Texas Senate. Please contact
your state senator now and tell them to maintain your right to protect your
community and your family from pollution!
The Texas Senate will soon debate a bill to reauthorize
the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ),
the state’s primary environmental agency. The bill – House
Bill 2694 – is the result of the state’s “sunset
review” process over the last year and a half.
The TCEQ “sunset bill” as it was introduced
made necessary changes in the agency to strengthen its
ability to enforce environmental protection laws.
BUT the bill was hijacked on the House floor
by pro-polluter interests and amended to limit your
rights as citizens to contest permits to polluters
for air emissions, wastewater discharges, hazardous
waste disposal, and other pollution. Tell
your senator to strip off those House amendments and
vote for a “clean” TCEQ sunset bill!
Here are three of the dastardly things that
the so-called “Chisum amendments” (sponsored
by State Rep. Warren Chisum) added in the House would
switch the “burden of proof” in
contested pollution permits from the polluter to
citizens protesting the permit;
require TCEQ staff to participate
in a contested permit case as an advocate for the
issuance of the permit, thus stacking the deck against
citizens protesting the permit; and
prohibit citizens from
contesting permit amendments for the control of hazardous
air pollutants such as mercury and toxics.
If you want to maintain your rights to protest
a coal-fired power plant, a sewage treatment plant,
a hazardous waste landfill, or another pollution source
that might pollute your community or threaten your
family’s health, NOW is the time to make your
voice heard! Contact
your state senator today!
For background information on this issue click
Alliance for a Clean
Network of 26 state-wide organizations representing over a quarter million
Texans. ACT member groups are united behind four legislative priorities
for a cleaner, healthier environment and a sustainable economy.
Texas Legislature Voting Records, 1993-2009 are available in PDF format.
Studies focusing on the voting records of the individual members of the Texas Legislature. A short narrative describes the bills tracked by the Sierra Club and each legislator's recorded votes.