The Texas industry lobby group, The Texas Aggregate & Concrete Association (TACA) openly brags in their “Top 10 Reasons to Join” that members enjoy “insulation” from environmental law enforcement.

Photo Below:  From the official TACA website – Top 10 Reasons to Join TACA

4.  TACA has strong relationships with the state and federal regulatory authorities, such as Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the State Comptroller’s Office, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), etc., to insulate our members from adverse rulings in the case of an audit or inspection.

Watch below as the President of TACA fumbled when having to explain these member benefits to the House Environmental Regulation Committee on April 17, 2019. He claimed that these benefits were not on their website and not how they operate. TACA did remove them by the next morning after citizens showed the Committee these benefits shown on the TACA website in real time. 

Unfortunately, the Bill to get some basic Regulations in place didn’t even get a vote. Click HERE for more information about the Committee and the Bill.