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TLCV Statement on TCEQ pledge to expedite Las Brisas Pet Coke Plant

October 15th, 2010

“THERE’S A BETTER WAY:” TEXAS LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS
CALLS OUT TCEQ FOR ACTIONS ON LAS BRISAS AIR QUALITY PERMIT

Thorough deliberation, public input and cleaner energy alternatives are smarter choices

AUSTIN, TX—The following statement regarding the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s status update meeting and the accelerated timeline for State Office of Administrative Hearing’s review of the Las Brisas Energy Center contested case should be attributed to David Weinberg, Executive Director of the Texas League of Conservation Voters.

“The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is turning the permitting process on its head by accelerating the timeline for review of the controversial Las Brisas Energy Center air quality permit.

“There really is a better way forward.  We don’t need dirty petroleum coke plants for power generation when Texas wind and natural gas are abundant, cleaner and safer alternatives that also, in the case of natural gas, provide valuable severance tax revenue for the state.

“It’s a costly and ill-advised move to press for an accelerated timeline in the Las Brisas permit contested case.  If Las Brisas’ permit is approved, it will affect taxpayers all across our state through the costs associated with possibly pushing Corpus Christi into non-attainment with ozone standards and higher costs for Texas health care in an area that already sees higher rates and costs for emergency care for children with asthma.

“A broad cross section of Texans—from doctors and medical societies to environmental and public policy organizations—agree that Las Brisas will do more harm than good.”

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The Texas League of Conservation Voters works to preserve and enhance the quality of life of Texans by making conservation a top priority with Texas elected officials, political candidates and voters.  Find us online at http://www.tlcv.org and follow us on Twitter @tlcv.