A new report from the Environmental Integrity Project has found that, since 2008, Texas has increased overall state spending but shrunk the budget of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality by 35% as the petrochemical industry is growing.
Only Wisconsin cut the budget for its environmental agency more, the Houston Chronicle reports.
“With one-third of our waterways unsafe for fishing and swimming and two-thirds of Texans living in areas with unsafe air quality, Texas has major environmental problems,” Luke Metzger, executive director of Environment Texas, tells the Chronicle. “But instead of meeting this challenge, our legislature is deprioritizing the environment and public health.”
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