Corpus Christi

Over 200 residents attended the Corpus Christi Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Sunset Review Town Hall on October 7th at the Del Mar Economic Development Center on the Del Mar University campus. Residents gathered to discuss the TCEQ’s upcoming Sunset Review process and voice their opinions on the state agency charged with protecting public health and the environment of Texas.

State Representatives Abel Herrero, Todd Hunter, and Solomon Ortiz, Jr., spoke to the audience and listened to comments and concerns. Corpus Christi City Councilwoman Nelda Martinez also attended.

Moderator Hal Suter’s enthusiasm for and commitment to participation in the TCEQ Sunset review set the tone for the evening. The program started with remarks and presentations from the panelists–TCEQ Regional Director Donna Phillips (who was also a panelist at the Victoria town hall in September), Dr. Cyrus Reed of the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter, Ryan Rittenhouse of Public Citizen and Dr. Brian Burke of the Clean Economy Coalition.

Twenty residents spoke during the meeting, addressing varying issues with TCEQ, particularly the agency’s permitting process. Many of the speakers raised concerns about the permit for the Las Brisas petcoke plant. Speakers called for increased use of environmental impact studies, transparency about air emissions events, and much greater emphasis on the health impacts of proposed permits.

The Corpus Christi town hall was co-sponsored by the Clean Economy Coalition, the Coastal Bend Sierra Club, Surfriders, NAACP, South Texas Colonia Initiative, and LULAC Council No.1. ACT would like to thank all the panelists, co-sponsors and attendees for making the Corpus Christi Town Hall an empowering and memorable event.

Brian Burke: Sunset Review Presentation
Cyrus Reed, Sierra Club: Sunset Review Presentation
Ryan Rittenhouse, Public Citizen: Coal Presentation
News Articles:
“TCEQ Gets Earful at Meeting”, Rick Sprull, Corpus Christi Caller Times (October 8, 2010)
Online Articles:
Over 200 Attend Corpus Christi Sunset Community Forum Texas Green Report (October 11, 2010)
Corpus Christi Citizens Meet to Begin the Process of Fixing TCEQ Texas Vox (October 8, 2010)
Related Articles:
Proposed plant in Corpus Christi tries to get air permit from state before federal regulations tick in”, Asher Price, Austin American Statesman (October 24, 2010)
“TCEQ chief seeks ability to OK permit before climate rules take effect”, Bill Dawson, Texas Climate News (October 24, 2010)
At Meeting Today, TCEQ Stays in Big Coal’s Corner, Forrest Wilder, “Forrest for the Trees,” Texas Observer (June 30,2010)


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