EPA Rules that TCEQ's Air Permitting
Process Does Not Abide By Federal Law
WHO: Ryan Rittenhouse, Public Citizen, 440-796-9695
Eva Hernandez, Sierra Club, 404-717-3328
Local spokespersons at each tour
WHAT: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
recently rejected key aspects of the air permitting plan
of Texas' regulatory agency -- the Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and called for proper enforcement
of the Clean Air Act in Texas.
Public Citizen and the Sierra Club announce a TEXAS STATE-WIDE
COAL PLANT TOUR to visit communities that have been negatively
impacted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s -- (TCEQ) failure to enforce the law and control pollution.
The groups are collecting postcards from citizens at the tour stops across Texas to deliver the messages to the EPA in support of the EPA's recent announcement. See the action here --
WHEN & WHERE: Week One Tour Stops – DONE
Monday, Sept. 21, WACO
Tuesday, Sept. 22 , DALLAS
Wednesday, Sept. 23, ABILENE
Week Two Tour CONTINUES… Monday, Sept. 28, COLLEGE
STATION, 10:00 am, Texas A&M University; Rudder 401 Tuesday, Sept. 29, CORPUS
CHRISTI, 10:00 am, Port of Corpus Christi Authority: Bulk Terminal
4820 E Navigation Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78402-1916 Google map Tuesday, Sept. 29, BAY
CITY, 4:00 pm, North side of the Court House (1700 7th Street) Wednesday, Sept. 30, HOUSTON, 10:00 am, Tranquility Park, 515 Rusk, across from federal courthouse
VISUALS: Giant inflatable coal plant, a decorated clean energy trailer, signs and posters
Now that the EPA has signaled that it will hold TCEQ accountable to protect Texas health and air quality, Public Citizen and Sierra Club are calling on EPA to place a moratorium on new coal and pet coke plants in Texas until the TCEQ agrees to follow the law of the Federal Clean Air Act.
Since EPA has recognized that the TCEQ is not fulfilling its duties, no new air permits should be allowed or coal plants built until the commission adheres to federal environmental air quality standards.
Public Citizen and Sierra Club further call for a review of all existing dirty coal plant permits.