Sierra Club, Environmental Justice Group File Civil Rights Complaint Against TCEQ

November 12, 2019

Environmentalists are complaining to the EPA about English-only Texas Commission on Environmental Quality meetings notices, adding that the TCEQ doesn’t provide interpreters at those meetings for those with limited English proficiency.

Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services of Houston and the Sierra Club filed the civil rights complaint on Tuesday with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights and the US Department of Justice, asking that the TCEQ change its rules.

The two groups accused the TCEQ of “discriminating against people with limited English proficiency by not offering access to information about public meetings for state-run environmental permitting in an equitable way,” and in a statement called “public notice…a protected legal right and an integral part of the environmental permitting decision-making process.”