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Lawmakers: Get tougher on polluters

November 16, 2022 - 00:00
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The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which periodically reviews state agencies, has concluded the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality needs to make frequent polluters more accountable and increase the possible fines companies can face.The commission consists of 10 legislators and two members of the public. The Texas Tribune reported the sunset commission called for state lawmakers to pass legislation next session that would increase the penalty levels for industrial polluters from $25,000 per day to $40,000.“I think people wanted to send a message that we were cognizant of the burden upon industry while also recognizing the importance of increasing the penalty ...

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