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Apr 21 2017

Anderson says, “I’m getting to work”: TCEQ publishes petition to simplify regulations

TCEQ Commissioner candidate is getting to work—even before he starts the job

TCEQ today published Anderson’s petition to begin simplifying TCEQ requirements

(Houston) – April 21, 2017

Jed Anderson, who recently tossed his hat in the ring to become the next TCEQ Commissioner, said he is not waiting to be appointed by the Governor before starting the job.  “Too much to do.”  “Got to get started now.”

Anderson said it’s a big ship, and that it won’t turn on a dime.  “Before we get another sea-change, we need to get the ship prepared to come-about and head on a new course . . . a course toward regulatory simplicity.  On day one when I get onto the bridge, I want us all to be able to collectively say right-full-rudder and watch the ship respond.  To do that we need to prepare the ship for hard to starboard.  That’s what this petition is about.”

TCEQ published Anderson’s petition for rulemaking today (see link).  The petition will begin simplifying the environmental regulatory system for the benefit of the environment, citizens, and businesses of Texas.  The petition parallels initiatives that President Trump and the new EPA are taking to simplify rules at the Federal level.  “If EPA can do better, we can do better.”  “The environmental and economic opportunities that await us under a simplified 21st century environmental regulatory system are mind-boggling in their potential,” said Anderson.

Anderson said that another reason for starting work early is that he can do things now that will be more difficult for him to do as a Commissioner.   “Private citizens have much more power than they think—even more power that TCEQ Commissioners in many respects.  Hardly anyone realizes this—unless you are a TCEQ Commissioner,” Anderson smiled.

“Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”–Margaret Mead

TCEQ’s hearing on Anderson’s petition will likely be scheduled for June 7th.  For further information as this effort develops at TCEQ, please see TCEQ’s website at  https://www.tceq.texas.gov/rules/whatsnew.html.

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