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Bill Would Overhaul How Pollution Permits are Fought in Texas

Seated at center, State Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horshoe Bay) hears testimony on his bill to end contested hearings at the TCEQ (StateImpact Texas/ Mose Buchele).

It’s a familiar story. A landfill, a power plant, or maybe a factory wants to open in Texas. Members of the surrounding community protest, fearing negative environmental impacts. Their challenge goes before an administrative law judge, who passes his or her decision back to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Now, a bill at the state capitol would dramatically change that process. StateImpact Texas's Mose Buchele breaks down what  Senate Bill 957 would mean for Texans.