Texas Rulings Could Ease Permit Battles At TCEQ

Law360, Dallas (May 02, 2014, 8:52 PM ET) -- Recent Texas appellate rulings give broad discretion to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in determining whether opponents of proposed air- and water-quality permits are entitled to a formal administrative hearing, potentially allowing applicants to avoid lengthy court battles and years of delay, lawyers say.

Administrative lawyers say previous court precedent had made it possible for parties with even tenuous claims that they would be negatively affected by a waste disposal or water pollution discharge permit to force the applicant into a contested case hearing, a...
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