Unreported Emissions:

May 29, 2002

Perry Cash & Houston Smog
Traced To Common Source

Pressured by industrial polluters that have given Governor Perry $408,256, Texas officials are considering gutting their own plan to stop Houston from flunking federal air-quality standards. Instead, they want to substitute an industry air plan based on a ludicrous premise.

Because Houston has some of the nation’s filthiest air, the federal government forced Texas in 2000 to adopt a cleanup plan to make the Houston area meet U.S. air-quality standards. Masquerading as the Greater Houston Partnership’s “Business Coalition for Clean Air Appeal Group,” polluters that account for about 56 percent of Houston’s smog-producing nitrogen oxides (NOx) sued the state last year. Alleging that junk science marred the state plan, the polluter plaintiffs demanded fewer restrictions on their emissions.


Perry's Polluters
Campaign Cash Emissions, June '97-Dec '01

'Business Coalition for
Clean Air' Polluter
'99 Houston-Area
NOx Emissions
Reliant Energy  $132,500  50,504 tons/year
Texas Petrochemicals  $100,500  1,547 tons/year
Enterprise Products  $81,256  1,279 tons/year
Entergy  $30,000  2,865 tons/year
Shell  $12,000  8,384 tons/year
Dynegy  $11,500  362 tons/year
Dow Chemical  $11,000  18,314 tons/year
ExxonMobil  $10,500  21,028 tons/year
ChevronTexaco*  $6,500  3,089 tons/year
Occidental Petroleum†  $4,500  2,379 tons/year
Lyondell  $6,000  5,445 tons/year
Air Products & Chemicals  $2,000  182 tons/year
TOTAL  $408,256  115,378 tons/year


At a minimum, the state based its cleanup plan on junk reporting. Results from air-monitoring planes that sampled toxic plumes directly over Houston industrial plants show that these polluters released an estimated 143,000 tons of ozone-forming “olefins” each year—or 12 times what polluters reported to the state.

Now polluters want to make reductions in previously unreported emissions part of their contribution to Houston’s clean-air plan, environmentalists say. Clean-air advocates warn that the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (TNRCC) is about to propose a new Houston air plan that does just that.

The last word on this scheme goes to three TNRCC commissioners who answer to Governor Perry. Perry has received $408,256 in campaign contributions in recent years from the very “Business Coalition for Clean Air Appeal Group” polluters that keep hacking away at clean-air plans for Houston.•


Business Coalition for Clean Air Appeal
Group Lobby Contracts in 2001

Min. Value
of Contract
Max. Value
of Contract
John 'Cliff' Johnson Jr.
Clayton Pope