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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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SOS challenges Dripping Springs ruling
Representatives from Austin’s Save Our Springs Alliance have filed an appeal in Travis County District Court challenging a decision made last year by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that will allow Dripping Springs to discharge more than 800,000 gallons a day of treated wastewater into Onion Creek. The appeal, which was filed Jan. 21, raises four issues for review: whether the commission violated state and federal clean water laws; whether there was adequate evidence regarding environmental impacts to support the commission’s decision; whether the commission ignored state and federal laws governing protections of existing aquatic life; and whether the commission misapplied state and federal rules about public notices regarding details of the discharge. SOS said in an online post it expects legal representatives from the state and Dripping Springs to respond to the appeal by Mar. 10, with a hearing expected April 30.
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