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Environmental group says Texas fails to hold repeat polluters accountable for unexpected emissions.

Summary

A new report by the Environmental Integrity Project has found that out of more than 21,000 unexpected pollution releases by Texas companies that have released over 400,000 tons of air pollution in Texas from 2016 to 2022, only 1% of these have prompted action by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The study focused on pollution that is unexpectedly released during an accident, a facility shutdown or start-up or during maintenance, separate from what companies are allowed to release under their TCEQ permits. The report also found that TCEQ has not designated any company as a repeat or “chronic” offender due to numerous unexpected emissions since 2017.

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