Documents of Interest:
TCEQ Silica Paper
During the first quarter of 2006, TXU Corporation filed construction permit applications with the Texas Commission of
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
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
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
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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