Report a Polluter
Dear Mr. Hyde:
I’m writing to file a complaint about worrisome levels of largely unauthorized pollution released by the following facilities:
- HARRIS COUNTY
According to the emission events reports listed, those facilities released more than 24819.74 pounds of mostly unauthorized pollution. Those reports may be preliminary, but my complaint would also apply to a report that was finalized without material changes.
I am worried about what this pollution means for the health of myself and my family and I request you take enforcement action for these violations. As you know, Texas can punish violations of Clean Air Act permits with fines up to $25,000 per day. It is critical that you hold facilities accountable for pollution that exceeds the limits authorized in their state and federal permits.
Disappointingly, a review of five years of state records by the Environmental Integrity Project and Environment Texas shows that TCEQ imposed penalties on less than 3 percent of the illegal pollution releases reported by companies during maintenance or malfunctions from 2011 through 2016, even though the incidents released more than 500 million pounds of air pollution.
I urge you to direct your enforcement staff to make sure every polluter is held accountable. Nobody is above the law.
Please keep me updated on any investigation launched or enforcement action taken
with respect to these pollution events.
A CONCERNED TEXAN
Sign Up For Alerts
The first step to reporting polluters is to know when and where unauthorized levels of emissions are occurring. Sign up to receive pollution alerts from your county. We’ll let you know which plant(s) are exceeding authorized levels, and by how much.
TCEQ is required to investigate every emission report.