Monday, May 09, 2005

Amend SB1858

Call your senator and support Senator Madla's and Barrientos's amendments to Senate Bill 1858. If this bill passes as is, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will have the ultimate authority to establish water quality standards.

Municipalities that wish to implement more stringent ordinances to protect the Edwards recharge and contributing zones within their jurisdictions must get approval from the TCEQ or be content with the relatively weak protections afforded by this State agency. For example, at a time when San Antonio public supply wells are showing detectible levels of TCE, commonly used in dry cleaning, TCEQ does not prohibit dry cleaning operations or other land uses with great potential to harm the aquifer from locating over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone.

Local authorities have been far more responsive to the need to protect water quality, and should be allowed to continue to do so.

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At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There should certainly be a central organization specifying what is and is not needed for water quality controls. The idea that you would allow Austin liberals to pursue a socialist agenda and redistribute land wealth they way they see fit is absurd and against the very principles upon which this country was founded. Get real! The only reason you want local control is to prevent growth in the suburbs. Suburban growth in general means a higher percentage of conservative Republican voters. You are a Socialist/Democrat and will lose power if growth is allowed to continue.

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

The reason I supported these amendments are because I believe we need clean drinking water. I also believe that a municipality is better situated with enforcing it.

If a state agency wants to create standards, then I support that, but the cities know their area better than Austin.

If you think this is based on partisanship then you are just wrong. I support a bill that Wentworth (a Republican) has put up every session that gives counties more power to regulate zoning.

My support for the environment is not partisan, it is ideological. If a Green, Republican, Democrat or any other supports the environment, then I support the legislation.

Thanks for the comment, but you really have no clue what you are talking about. Try again.


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