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Will the EPA protect our water if Texas won't?

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

In September 2021, twenty organizations advocating for clean water and air protections in Texas blew the whistle to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) on the TCEQ (Texas Commission for Environmental Quality).

On January 24, 2023, the complainants received an answer indicating the EPA is taking their petition seriously.

EPA has, like our industry-captured state agencies (the TCEQ and the Texas Railroad Commission), also failed to protect our water and land.*

As well, we thank The Texas Tribune for this article by Alejandra Martinez on February 1: Environmental Advocates push feds to investigate Texas' enforcement of water quality.

*Update, February 10: LIV means not to imply that EPA will do nothing. But we also know that government is failing at all levels to get our priorities straight. Water, especially in the West, is a life and death issue. Joint action by the State of Texas and the federal government is needed. But independents are, honestly, skeptical given the war between the two parties that are increasingly leaving us regular Texans in the lurch.


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