NPT Capitol: TCEQ to appeal Shapleigh’s right to Asarco documents
According to State Senator Eliot Shapleigh’s office, the TCEQ have decided to appeal District Judge Scott H. Jenkins’ April 16th decision obliging them to release certain documents.
The documents, which Shapleigh requested though a statute that allows lawmakers to see otherwise confidential data, concern communications between the TCEQ and Asarco. Shapleigh has said he believes the documents will show dodgy dealing between Asarco and the TCEQ in the run up to a February 2008 decision to allow the El Paso copper smelter to re-open.
“Both the attorney general and the district court agree with us that the information we requested is public. When we get it, we will be very interested in why the TCEQ fought so hard to hide it,” Shapleigh told NPT.
One Austin source said that the decision might be a delaying tactic on the part of TCEQ, worried that the documents may well reveal ex parte communications between them and Asarco.
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