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Former Commissioner says TCEQ Needs More Talk and Less Court

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A former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner says his old agency needs to talk to the Environmental Protection Agency instead of taking it to court.  Former TCEQ Commissioner Larry Soward says the dispute over the Texas flexible air permitting program not working can be easily fixed if the TCEQ will just listen to the EPA’s concerns and go from there.  “Get on with the business of getting the program compliant with the Federal Clean Air Act and get those permits that have been issued that are not compliant, get those adjusted to make them compliant.”  Soward says changing the air permitting program to make it compliant won’t cost the state jobs.  “These same companies are operating in other states with fully compliant air programs, they’re not losing jobs, the companies aren’t moving away or shutting down, and the same will be true with Texas.”

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