Perry-appointed commissioners fail to protect Texas children

Rubber-stamp commission grants air permit today, will make Houston air dirtier

September 30, 2010
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Contact:
Laura Williamson, 512-691-3447, lwilliamson@edf.org
Jim Marston, 512-691-3402, jmarston@edf.org

(Austin – Sept. 29, 2010) Today Governor Perry's appointed commissioners at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) ignored state recommendations and granted an air pollution permit to the White Stallion Energy Center.

The following statement can be attributed to Jim Marston, the Texas Regional Director and National Energy Program Director at the Environmental Defense Fund:

"Once again, Perry's appointees have failed to protect the health of Texas children. TCEQ blatantly ignored the recommendations of state judges who reviewed the permit application evidence.

"We will appeal to the courts to protect our children from dirty air. Governor Perry's rubber-stamp TCEQ must stop endangering our children by allowing big polluting plants to make Houston air even dirtier."