The benchmarks Texas uses for its pollution cleanup programs are significantly worse than those in other states. Pollution benchmarks are important because they are a major factor in determining whether a toxic site is cleaned up and how much pollution we leave behind after cleanup.
Because of our weak benchmarks a site declared in need of "No Futher Action" could still be as polluted as a Superfund site in another state. Also, Texas lets people build homes on sites Louisiana and Mississippi might consider too polluted for factories.
Tell our state environmental agency, the TCEQ, to do their job and protect us from dangerous pollution from toxic waste sites. Tell them that we want protections just as strong as in Oklahoma and Arkansas—Texas deserves nothing less!