New TV Ad Attacks Perry, TCEQ

Dallas-based Downwinders at Risk announced a $150,000 TV ad campaign this morning. The targets: Rick Perry, TCEQ, and major Metroplex polluter TXI. Downwinders celebrated in July when TXI announced that it was shuttering four of its five hazardous-waste kilns in Midlothian.

But in August TXI asked the state environmental agency for permission to ramp-up pollution and “burn seven new kinds of waste in its massive kiln in Midlothian, including plastic garbage and car interiors that could contain metals, PCBs and asbestos,” according to a Downwinders press release.

Jim Schermbeck, the director of Downwinders, calls TCEQ an “active co-conspirator in keeping the true public health and environmental impacts of TXI’s changes from any public review.”

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The TV ad is certainly harsh. It calls TCEQ the “worst in America” and ends with this line: “Rick Perry’s environmental policy: It’s enough to make you sick.”

What do you think of the ad?

Forrest Wilder, a native of Wimberley, Texas, is the editor of the Observer.

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Published at 4:51 pm CST