Wednesday, August 11, 1999

A new study finds that members of the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) trade group released 187 million pounds of toxic wastes into Texas’ environment in 1996, according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data. TCC members also released more than $2 million in political contributions in the last two election cycles and spent up to $8 million on lobbyists in 1999, according to Toxic Exposure: How Texas Chemical Council Members Pollute State Politics and the Environment.The new study exposes the political agenda behind the political contributions and lobby expenditures of this trade association and its member companies. Not surprisingly, that agenda seeks to minimize environmental protections in Texas.

Read the media release and the full report.