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

Statement on Arkema investigation
The TCEQ has an open investigation into the Arkema incident that will include an evaluation of any impacts due to the fires at the site. Additionally, after the final notifications are received, the TCEQ will evaluate the reported emissions events to determine compliance with applicable rules, permit provisions, and notification and reporting requirements.

Complaint Against New Mexico Filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by the State of Texas (Updated Feb. 13, 2017)
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.

TCEQ Letter to Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Sept. 25, 2014
Letter written to Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff on Sept. 25, 2014, detailing the TCEQs efforts to protect air quality in the San Antonio Area and the Eagle Ford Shale.

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.

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of Texas on Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. TCEQ official statement and full court opinion , 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 and full court opinion , Aug. 13, 2012.