HOUSTON - A state audit has found that Texas environmental
regulators have allowed $62 million to be improperly used by grant
recipients in a key air pollution program.
State auditor John Keel released his report Friday on the Texas
Emissions Reduction Plan, which provides incentives to individuals,
businesses and government agencies that want to replace old
vehicles and industrial equipment with newer, more environmentally
friendly models. The report says some 593 grant recipients misused
more than $62 million in funds between December 2006 and July 2010.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has only recovered $1 million.
The audit says Texas environmental regulators must strengthen
the selection process for grant applicants and do a better job of
reviewing information they provide in their applications.
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