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Texas House moves to crack down on polluters with stricter penalties and heavier oversight

The bill would require the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to focus enforcement and increase penalties on repeat violators and increase public outreach. Still, environmental advocates say the effort was too “modest” in its reach.

Residential properties near refineries in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Corpus Christi on January 24, 2017.

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