For More Information: Ken Kramer, 512-476-6962 (office), 512-626-4204 (cell)
Statement of Ken Kramer, Director, Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, on the House Approval of the TCEQ Sunset Bill (House Bill 2694) on Second Reading and the Adoption of the
Chisum Assault on Right to Contest
Pollution Control Permits
“The House floor action on the TCEQ sunset bill today was a historic low point in legislative activity on environmental issues. It represents a failure of the majority of state representatives to protect both public health and the rights of their constituents to a clean environment.
“The TCEQ sunset bill as filed in the House represented a balanced piece of legislation that reflected the recommendations of the Texas Sunset Commission after a thorough and careful review of the state’s major environmental regulatory agency. Key amendments to the bill on the House floor today have undermined that balance and have given polluters the best present they could have asked for to celebrate Earth Day later this week. The most egregious changes in the TCEQ bill were those that undercut
or in some cases eliminate the rights of Texans to contest
proposed pollution control permits that pose a threat to
their communities and their families.
“There is hope that the bill as it moves to the Senate will be cleaned up to make it the balanced legislation it started out to be. If the TCEQ sunset bill isn’t cleaned up in the Senate, neither will the state of Texas be cleaned up.”
Vote for HB 2694 (TX-82R)
By Smith, Wayne. Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and abolishing the On-site Wastewater Treatment Research Council.
H- 468 Motion to Table Amendment #2 by Anchia
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.