Documents of Interest:

TCEQ Silica Paper

During the first quarter of 2006, TXU Corporation filed construction permit applications with the Texas Commission of
Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for seven new power plants.  Subsequent engineering evaluation indicated that proposed air emissions from all seven power plants would exceed the TCEQ's health effects screening level for both crystalline silica and amorphous fused silica if permitted as requested by TXU.

On September 1, 2006, during the course of a statewide public outcry over the power plant proposal, the TCEQ increased their health effects screening levels for both crystalline and amorphous silica.  The result was, that under the new guidelines, six of the seven proposed power plants could achieve the new standard.

Click here to view a copy of the TCEQ silica health effects screening level memo dated September 1, 2006.

Ethics, Threshold Limit Values and Community Air Pollution Exposures

Click here to view a copy of "Ethics, Threshold Limit Values and Community Air Pollution Exposures,
" a critique of how the state of Texas chose to "protect" the public from toxic chemical air pollution.

A Few USEPA Failures

Click here to view a discussion of "A Few USEPA Failures."

Monsanto's Outrageous Conduct

In February 2002, a jury in circuit court in Etowah County, Alabama returned a verdict against Monsanto for environmental contamination problems created by the operation of the company's Anniston, Alabama chemical plant (Abernathy v. Monsanto, 96-CV-440).  This case and a similar federal lawsuit were eventually settled in favor of the plaintiffs for $700 million, perhaps the largest settlement amount for an environmental lawsuit in U.S. history.

The jury verdict included these words about Monsanto's conduct:  "so outrageous in character and extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency, so as to be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in civilized society."  (See My City Was Gone, Dennis Love, 2007).  One example of a Monsanto document that may have engendered that jury reaction (known as the F.Y.I. and Destroy memo) may be viewed by clicking here.

Comments Addressed to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Sunset Review Commission

Click here to read about my observations of the TCEQ Air Pollution Control Division, whose staff consistently fail to protect the public while frequently making it easier and less expensive for large corporations to conduct business while increasing health risks and endangering lives.  The four examples of TCEQ's irresponsible behavior clearly illustrate that the TCEQ staff must be made accountable for protecting public health and the environment.

Click below to read Examples 1 through 4, attachments to my comments addressed to the TCEQ Sunset Review Commission.

Click here to read Example 1
Click here to read Example 2
Click here to read Example 3
Click here to read Example 4

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