(2) and proposed revisions to the Water Quality Standards including E-Coli criteria.
Alliance for a Clean Texas Groups Call on TCEQ Commissioners to Follow the Law in Decisions on Clean Air and Clean Water this week
Tuesday, June 29, 10:00 AM CST/11:00 AM ET
Lt. Governor's Press Room, 2E.9, Texas State Capitol, Austin
Followed by Press TELECONFERENCE:
Tuesday, June 29, 11:30 AM CST/12:30 PM ET
Phone: 1-866-501-6174, Enter code: 1001900#
CONTACT:Lize Burr, 512-619-7076 or Donna Hoffman, 512-299-5776
WHO: Alliance for a Clean Texas (ACT).
Speakers: Ken Kramer & Hal Suter with Lone Star
Chapter of the Sierra Club;
Dr. Lisa Doggett of Austin Physicians for Social Responsibility;
Tom Smitty Smith with Public Citizen;
Bee Moorhead, Texas
WHAT: Press Conference in advance of two big TCEQ decisions on clean air and clean water in Texas --
(1) Las Brisas petroleum coke-fired power plant permit
(2)and proposed revisions to the Water Quality Standards including E-Coli criteria.
WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, June 29,
10:00 AM CST --
Lieutenant Governor's Press Room,
2E.9, Texas State Capitol, Austin;
11:30 AM CST Phone: 1-866-501-6174, Enter code:
ACT Groups call on the three Commissioners
of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ
to protect Texans health by making sound decisions
on two impactful items scheduled for votes this week,
Wednesday, June 30.
The three Commissioners will consider the recommendation of two administrative law judges to deny an air pollution permit requested for a coke-fired power plant, Las Brisas proposed for near downtown Corpus Christi, Texas.
This decision is a big test of the EPA recent intervention calling on TCEQ to follow the Clean Air Act in Texas.
For the people of Corpus Christi, it could be life or death. The city already has asthma rates above the state average.
A large movement of citizens in Corpus Christi opposes the plant because of the high levels of air pollution it would cause. The Judges have ruled that the permit would be in violation of the Clean Air Act.
The three Commissioners will also decide whether to accept
agency staff recommendations to weaken the states recreational
water standards to allow increased levels of e-coli bacteria
in Texas rivers, streams, and lakes.
These proposed revisions are already the subject of public outcry, particularly in light of recent beach closings on Lake o' the Pines due to high levels of e.-coli bacteria.
As these decisions are being made, the Texas Sunset Review
Advisory Commission is examining the Agencys functions
in advance of recommendations to the upcoming Texas State
Legislature which meets January through May, 2011.
ACT Partner Organizations, 2010-2011http://www.acttexas.org
Air Alliance Houston Baptist Christian Life Commission Caddo Lake Institute Clean Water Action Environmental Defense Fund Environmental Integrity Project Environment Texas Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Hill Country Alliance National Wildlife Federation Public Citizen Re-energize Texas SEED Coalition Sierra
Club Texas Campaign for the Environment Texas Center for Policy Studies Texas Impact Texas
League of Conservation Voters