May 18, 2011
For More Information: Ken Kramer, 512-476-6962 (office), 512-626-4204 (cell)
Urge TX House Members to Help
Clean Up Texas!
Your right to expect strong enforcement
of state environmental laws and your right to protest permits to polluters to foul our air, water, and land is in jeopardy in the Texas Legislature. The fate of a bill to continue the state’s major environmental agency is now in the hands of a joint House-Senate conference committee.Please
contact your state representative now and tell them to take action immediately to safeguard your rights to protect your community and your family from pollution!
The Texas House and Senate have passed different versions of a bill to reauthorize the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). House
Bill 2694 is the result of the state’s “sunset review” process over the past two years. The TCEQ “sunset bill” as it was introduced made necessary changes in the agency to strengthen its ability to enforce environmental protection laws. The Senate passed this clean version of the bill.
BUT the version of the bill passed by the House is pro-polluter and includes amendments that would limit your rights as citizens to contest permits to polluters for air emissions, wastewater discharges, hazardous waste disposal, and other pollution.Tell
your House member that Texans need a “clean” TCEQ sunset
bill that maintains your right to protect your health and
property from pollution!
Here are three key outcomes needed in the final TCEQ sunset bill:
• “compliance history” provisions to hold polluters accountable for violations of their permits;
• increase the cost of potential fines on polluters
for violating their permits, so that fines are not just considered “the
cost of doing business;”
• elimination of the so-called Chisum
amendments (added by Rep. Chisum in the House) that would switch the “burden of proof” in contested pollution permits from the polluter to citizens protesting the permit and prohibit citizens from contesting permit amendments on hazardous air pollutants
If you want to maintain your rights
to protest a coal-fired power plant, a sewage treatment plant, a hazardous waste landfill, or another pollution source that might pollute your community or threaten your family’s health, and if you want your state environmental agency to enforce our pollution control laws, NOW is the time to make your voice heard! Contact your state representative today!
you live in one of the following House districts,
your representative is one of the House conferees critical
in determining the outcome of HB 2694. Please call their office directly and convey the three outcomes needed in the TCEQ sunset bill:
District 25: State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (Angleton), 512/463-0564
District 88: State Rep. Warren Chisum (Pampa), 512/463-0736
District 90: State Rep. Lon Burnam (Fort Worth), 512/463-0740
District 99: State Rep. Charles Geren (Fort Worth area), 512-463-0610
District 128: State Rep. Wayne Smith (Baytown), 512/463-0733