The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality voted unanimously Wednesday to approve new rules, which include:
- Increasing buffers between landfills and surrounding communities from 50 feet to 125 feet.
- Increasing the number of groundwater-testing wells at a landfill.
- Giving residents the right to challenge a landfill application on the grounds that federal flood plain maps are inaccurate.
- Increasing testing for gas emissions.
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality