Tuesday, September 9, 2008

10:00 a.m.

Arlington, Texas






Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources was held on Tuesday, September 9, 2008, in Arlington, Texas.







Senator Kip Averitt

Senator Craig Estes

Senator Kim Brimer

Senator Bob Deuell

Senator Kevin Eltife

Senator Kel Seliger


Senator Robert Duncan

Senator Glenn Hegar

Senator Juan Hinojosa

Senator Mike Jackson

Senator Carlos Uresti




The chair called the meeting to order at 10:04 a.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: 


The following testified before the committee:


Welcoming comments:

Mayor Robert Cluck, City of Arlington

Councilman Ron Natinsky, City of Dallas


On air quality issues:

David Schanbacher, Chief Engineer, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Richard Hyde, Director, Air Permits Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Thomas Diggs, Associate Director - Air Program Region 6, Environmental Protection Agency


On the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan:

David Bluxom, Speed Fab-crete Corportation


On regional air quality efforts:

Judge Chad Adams, Chair, Texas Clean Air Working Group

Judge Margaret Keliher, Executive Director, Texas Business for Clean Air


James M. Crites, Executive Vice President, DFW International Airport


On air quality issues:

Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director, Lone Star Chapter of Sierra Club

Rachel McClure, Director, Energy and Environmental Projects, Public Citizen

Ramon Alvarez, Scientist, Environmental Defense

Jim Schermbeck, Field Organizer, Downwinders at Risk

Mike Stewart, President, Texas Aggregate and Concrete Association

Shawn Glacken, Luminant, Association of Electric Companies of Texas

Gilbert Horton, Devon Energy, Texas Oil and Gas Association

Maribeth Malloy, Lockheed Aeronautics Company, Texas Association of Business


Public Testimony

Dr. Al Amendariz, Self

Melanie Sattler, Self

Diana Peairs Rawlins, Self/member - People United for the Environment

Wendi Hammond, KIDS 4 Clean Air, Seed Coalition

Dr. David Deffner, Citizens of Mexia TX for Cleaner Air

Debra L. Markwardt, Self

Rita Beving, Dallas Sierra Club

Molly Rooke, Dallas Sierra Club



There being no further business, Senator Averitt moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 







Senator Kip Averitt, Chair




Teddy Carter, Clerk