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Specific statements by our commissioners and executive office, or related court filings and opinions, published on our website.

 

TCEQ Statement on Supreme Court CSAPR Ruling—April 29, 2014
While the commission is disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court did not fully uphold the D.C. Circuit's ruling, we’re encouraged that the Court clearly acknowledged both the complexity of the interstate transport problem and that the EPA's authority is inherently limited by the Federal Clean Air Act. The court held that the EPA cannot require a state to reduce pollution by more than is necessary to achieve attainment in every downwind state or require reductions at odds with the threshold for significant contribution that the EPA has set. Additionally, with the remand of the EPA rule back to the D.C. Circuit, the commission is hopeful the D. C. Circuit Court of Appeals will review additional points of error that were not considered in its original opinion.

Complaint Against New Mexico Filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by the State of Texas
On Jan. 8, 2013, the State of Texas filed a complaint with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to command New Mexico to deliver water apportioned to Texas under the 1938 Rio Grande Compact.

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of Texas on Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. TCEQ official statement pdf.gif and full court opinion pdf.gif , Aug. 21, 2012.

Court Ruling on TCEQ Flexible Permits a Victory for Texas, and a Step Toward Restoring State/Federal Balance
An editorial by Bryan W. Shaw, Ph.D., Chairman, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, on Aug. 14, 2012.

U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of Texas on Flex Permits. TCEQ official statement pdf.gif and full court opinion pdf.gif , Aug. 13, 2012.

U.S. Court of Appeals, Case No. 10-60891
Opinion in the Pollution Control Project Standard Permit Case, March 26, 2012.

EPA's Bad Science to Blame for State's Latest Challenge
An editorial by Bryan W. Shaw, Ph.D., Chairman, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, on Oct. 4, 2011.

Joint Statement of TCEQ/PUC on EPA's CSAPR Rule
EPA's final Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) that was released July 7, 2011, will have adverse economic effects, without demonstrable environmental and health benefits.