Last month the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) voted to remove what would have been a first-ever microplastics ban from its proposed Surface Water Quality Standards. The decision went against the support of numerous environmental organizations and comments from more than 500 Texans, and it came shortly after commissioners threw out an environmental attorney who scolded them for ignoring the will of the public yet again. And it came just before two Port Aransas residents took commissioners to task for consistently failing Texans and the environment.

Read more from Alex Ortiz in this Op-ed with Caller Times.