Applaud Texas Judge for Upholding Environmental Integrity

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Target: State District Judge Stephen Yelenosky

Goal: Support the ruling that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality broke the law when issuing an air permit to a power plant that planned to use toxic pollutants.

Recently, Texas Judge Stephen Yelenosky ruled that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality broke the law when issuing an air permit to Las Brisas Energy Center, a power plant. Initial plans called for the power plant to run on petroleum coke, a dirty byproduct of oil refineries that contains heavy metals and toxins.

As discussed in an article by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Judge Yelenosky found that the permit violated the Clean Air Act air toxin standards for particulates, sulfur and other hazardous air pollutants. He found it “flawed,” “misleading” and “wrong.” Seeing that the power plant would have used petroleum coke for energy, Judge Yelenosky noted that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality did not require Las Brisas to sufficiently monitor and account for the storage of petroleum coke fuel.

Quitana Capital Group, the major provider of funding for the Las Brisas power plant, has been lobbying for years to relax protective health laws. As pointed out by the EDF article, the price of cheap, dirty energy is an issue of human and environmental health. This is why Judge Yelenosky deserves applause.

By ruling against the likes of the Las Brisas Energy Center, Quitana Capital Group and the poor judgement of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Judge Yelenosky is protecting men, women and children from breathing unclean air. Sign below to support Judge Yelenosky’s bold stance.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Judge Stephen Yelenosky,

Your most recent ruling against an air permit for a power plant that runs on dirty energy is a positive step in safeguarding human health and the environment.

The power plant, the Las Brisas Energy Center, which was approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, was initially expected to run on petroleum coke fuel. This is a dirty, toxic byproduct of combustion, and it was clear that the Commission was not going to require Las Brisas to plan for the storage of such a toxic substance.

The way you stepped in and denied these hazardous actions is commendable. We need more public servants acting in the interests of the public, rather than for corporate profit. Thank you.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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