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Texans tell environmental agency: Stop being reluctant to regulate industry

A report from the state Sunset Advisory Commission found that Texas Commission on Environmental Quality commissioners have become “reluctant” regulators and often encourage industry to “self police.”

Dozens of Houston residents arrived at the Texas Capitol to testify during a Sunset Advisory Commission meeting in Austin on June 22, 2022.
Natalie Diamond, 9, gives her testimony at a hearing for the TCEQ at the state capitol in Austin on June 22, 2022.
State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, speaks during the Sunset Advisory Commission meeting at the Texas Capitol on June 22, 2022.
State Sen. Borris L. Miles, D-Houston, speaks during a Sunset Advisory Commission meeting at the Texas Capitol on June 22, 2022.

Sunset staff recommends greater transparency

Dozens of Houston residents arrived at the Texas Capitol to testify during a Sunset Advisory Commission meeting in Austin on June 22, 2022.

Houston residents testify about pollution in communities of color

Sandra Harper Scott, a community advocate with We The People, gives her testimony at a hearing for the TCEQ at the state capitol in Austin on June 22, 2022.
Joetta Stevenson, president of the Greater Fifth Ward Neighborhood in Houston, prepares her testimony during a hearing for the TCEQ at the state capitol in Austin on June 22, 2022.

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