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TCEQ refers Skull Creek matter to AG’s office

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TCEQ refers Skull Creek matter to AG’s office

April 10, 2019 - 00:00
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AUSTIN — The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has referred a case relating to two separate contamination incidents at Skull Creek to the Texas Attorney General’s Office for further action.

Martha Otero, a spokesperson for TCEQ said Friday the case was referred to the AG’s office March 4.

Jeff Hillery, Deputy Director of Communications for the Texas Attorney General’s Office confirmed that TCEQ referred a case relating to Inland Recycling in Altair to their office, but said the referral occurred yesterday, not March 4.

A TCEQ spokesperson, when asked why the agency’s timeline differed from the OAG’s timeline, said they referred the case March 4, and that the attorney general’s office only agreed to accept the referral on April 4.

The AG’s office cannot discuss whether the case has been referred to their office for criminal prosecution or for civil action because it is a pending case.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office often acts on behalf of state agencies in civil matters, including civil litigation relating to violations of state law or the Texas Administrative Code.

The AG’s office Environmental Protection Division represents the state in matters relating to environmental protection, natural resources, and public utilities, according to the AG’s website.

The EPD prosecutes cases against “those who violate laws protecting the health and safety of the people of Texas and the environment in which they live,” according to the division’s webpage.