|Good Work, Good News This Week
|Opposition Against Discharge Lines Up
Tuesday, Oct. 27: the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously passed a resolution opposing
the lifting of the current ban on discharging treated wastewater effluent into the Highland Lakes. (Copy of county's resolution found HERE
All This Week: Many individuals and groups, including PLTA, file comments with TCEQ opposing the Leander/Granite Shoals petition (see sidebar for examples)
Friday, October 30: Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell publicly states his city's opposition to plans to discharge into Lake Travis (see sidebar). The Mayor and Council Members Riley and Spelman sponsor a resolution to TCEQ opposing the Leander/Granite Shoals plans and place it on the Nov. 5th council agenda. (Copy of the draft resolution found HERE
Friday, Oct. 30: Hays County Commissioners place an item on their Nov. 3 agenda for a resolution opposing Leander/Granite Shoals' discharge plans.
Friday, Oct. 30: LCRA files their comments with TCEQ. LCRA refutes many of the petitioners' arguments. (Copy of LCRA filing is found HERE
Friday, Oct. 30:The staff of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) publishes their official recommendation. Staff recommends denial
of the petition and proposes creation of a stakeholder group to consider future changes. (Copy of staff comments HERE
It Is Not Over Yet - Work Remains
First, while the TCEQ staff recommends denial of the petition, the 3 TCEQ commissioners could still reject the staff recommendation and grant approval. It would not be the first time this panel of Governor Perry-appointees
took such a direction. We need individuals and groups to continue to file comments with TCEQ, to urge their elected representatives to voice opposition and to attend the Nov. 18th TCEQ meeting. Do not let your guard down!
Second, if and when the stakeholder group is created to study possible changes to the current regulations, we need to be vigilant. Stakeholder groups are sometimes used as "cover" for the TCEQ to take some predetermined action. PLTA will stay involved, as we have for more than 27 years. (see History of PLTA