Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement During COVID-19: Harris County Response – April 29, 2020

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When: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Where: Online (link sent prior to meeting)

Both the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) have stated their intent to exercise enforcement discretion for environmental monitoring and reporting requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Because of our region’s lax land-use policies, many communities live near polluting facilities. Lack of monitoring of what chemicals are being emitted or delays in equipment repairs threaten the health and safety of Houstonians, especially given that new research suggests that exposure to air pollution is associated with worse COVID-19 health outcomes. These decisions will disproportionately impact communities of color and low-income neighborhoods, where polluting facilities are concentrated and the residents are already suffering inequitably from the impacts of the coronavirus crisis.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 29th, at 10 AM for a discussion with guest speakers from Harris County to hear how the EPA’s and TCEQ’s decisions to curtail enforcement will impact the county’s pollution control activities, how they’re responding to new developments, and what you can do to help ensure polluters are held accountable during this pandemic.

Guest presenters:

  • Dr. Latrice Babin, Director, Harris County Pollution Control Services Department
  • Rock Owens, Special Assistant County Attorney, Harris County Attorney’s Office
  • Alexander Forrest, Assistant District Attorney, Harris County District Attorney’s Office

There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the discussion. We encourage you to send them in advance of the meeting to [email protected].

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.


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