TCEQ to Vote on State Agencies' Role in Contested Cases

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will vote Wednesday on whether to adopt rules that would exclude state agencies from participation in contested case hearings on permits and licenses issued by the commission.

Some state agencies and environmental groups argue that the rules, if adopted, would limit state agencies' abilities to voice environmental concerns and provide information to the TCEQ before final decisions are made. Under the rules, state agencies would no longer be allowed to be parties providing evidence in contested case hearings over air quality, water and waste permit applications, unless they are applicants.

"Effectively, we have muffled ...

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