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Environmental Law Enforcement

Texas counties and cities of all sizes are impacted by illegal dumping, which litters our countryside, pollutes our water, and costs taxpayers money. Scott & Ray has the expertise and experience required to use state environmental laws to protect your community’s local water supply from illegal dumping.

“Don’t Mess With Texas” is one of the most recognizable and successful public service advertising campaigns in American history.  Since the campaign began in 1986, many of Texas’ biggest celebrities have combatted littering by urging Texans to keep the highways of the Lone Star State clean.  Unfortunately, Texas’ trash problem extends beyond the highway system.

 

In many Texas counties and cities, shady businesses and irresponsible individuals store, dump, or bury their trash in pastures, creek beds, and ponds.  Their trash endangers one of Texas scarcest and most essential natural resources–our water.

Illegal dumping not only threatens our water, it threatens honest businesses that pay extra to responsibly dispose of their garbage, debris, and hazardous waste.  Without any deterrence, businesses that illegally dump gain an unfair competitive advantage over honest businesses, making it more difficult for them to survive and compete.

For almost fifty years, Texas law has provided criminal and civil penalties for illegally storing, transporting, and/or dumping industrial and hazardous waste.  These laws are primarily enforced by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, also known as TCEQ.  However, cities and counties are increasingly finding that TCEQ lacks the resources to effectively protect Texas’ land and water on its own.

 

The Texas Water Code and Health & Safety Code grants cities and counties the authority they need to enforce environmental violations within their jurisdiction.