It’s time to put Texans’ health over the interest of corporate polluters
by Reform Austin
July 4, 2019

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Don’t mess with Texas. It’s a phrase our own government ignores when it comes to environmental protections against corporate interests at the expense of Texans.

With a recent vacancy in the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, or TCEQ, Governor Greg Abbott has a chance to select an appointee that prioritizes Texans’ health, but past actions like suing the EPA as attorney general and vetoing funding for clean air programs as governor make that unlikely.

TCEQ states that its mission is “to protect our state’s public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and safe management of waste.”

Yet despite the commission’s role in facilitating legislative policies, issuing violations and fines for environmental offenders, and operating with a $370.3 million dollar budget, Texas environmental concerns continue to rise………

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