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URGENT Call To Action! 

Comments Needed ASAP to Demand SpaceX Not Be Granted A Permit To Dump 200,000 Gallons a Day of Treated Wastewater Into South Bay!!

Permit No. WQ0016342001 


Space Exploration Technologies Corp., (SPACEX) has applied for a Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permit from The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to dump 200,000 GALLONS of treated wastewater a day into our precious South Bay!  South Bay is the southernmost end of the Laguna Madre. Lined with black mangroves, it is hypersaline, extremely shallow, and a richly productive nursery for fish, shellfish (including oysters), crustaceans and birds. It was deemed so ecologically important that it was named the first Texas Coastal Preserve in 1984. It is fragile and irreplaceable.

You may have heard about this on Christian Von Preysing’s brief coverage of this on October 2, 2023 on KRGV:


This TCEQ permit application, No. WQ0016342001 (EPA I.D. No. TX0144533,) if granted, will authorize SpaceX to discharge an average daily flow of 200,000 gallons into South Bay.  Treated wastewater is treated sewage, grease, industrial and gray water. In essence, this will be all of SpaceX’s dirty water from the houses, townhouses, restaurants, bars, bathrooms, port-o-potties, and more!  This discharge of treated wastewater will first require a treatment plant, much like what you see in municipalities, where raw, black sewage is captured, treated then released.  SpaceX wants to build this treatment plant approximately 1000 feet west of the intersection of Boca Chica Blvd. (State Hwy 4) and Remedios Lane, in Cameron County, TX  78521.  The discharge route will be from this plant into tidal flats leading into South Bay. To dump treated sewage onto tidal flats (which are sometimes dry) would be a travesty!   They should keep trucking their sewage to Brownsville’s sewage treatment facilities. Here’s where SpaceX wants to put their treatment plant.,25.98448&level=18


Remember when the County abandoned Remedios and Joanna Roads to SpaceX?  The County Commissioners voted to  give this multi- billion dollar corporation, rich with government (taxpayer) contracts, free land to keep building and polluting.  They have impacted so much already.  They need to leave South Bay alone!



*You will need the permit number WQ0016342001 for your correspondence and phone calls to elected officials and for commenting on TCEQ.

Want to do something?  Here is what you can you do:

*You will need the permit number WQ0016342001 for your correspondence and phone calls to elected officials and for commenting on TCEQ.

Oppose this permit and request a public meeting.  It is important that we get as many folks as possible asking TCEQ to hold a public meeting on this permit. Let’s put the pressure on NOW! 


Not sure what to say?  Click HERE for a sample comment.  Feel free to add your own reasons as well


Want to do more?

  • Ask our elected officials to request a public meeting from TCEQ on our behalf. Contact them by phone and email. Please do both. Website and contact information is below. 















  - Click HERE for sample email and phone script to elected officials before you begin.  


Sen Morgan LaMantia, District 27


Rep. Oscar Longoria, District 35


Rep. Janie Lopez, District 37


Rep. Erin Gamez, District 38


*You will need the permit number WQ0016342001 for your correspondence and phone calls to elected officials and for commenting on TCEQ.

**FROM TCEQ REGARDING THE COMMENT PROCESS:  All public comments and requests must be submitted either electronically at, or in writing to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087. Please use Permit NO. WQ0016342001 when commenting electronically and/or in writing.  Please be aware that any contact information you provide, including your name, phone number, email address, and physical address will become part of the agency's public record. For more information about this permit application or the permitting process, please call the TCEQ Public Education Program, Toll Free, at 1-800-687-4040 or visit their website at Si desea información en Español, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040.


   If you need assistance or have questions, please email

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Science, technology, space, high tech jobs...sounds great doesn't it? It is not without its negative impacts on the ecology, the wildlife, and the public. Our aim is to minimize those negative impacts. 

Our concerns include but are not limited to:​

  • Texas Open Beach Act and State Hwy 4 closures

  • Missing and lack of information in Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment

  • Tiered Reviews (past, present, and future with a Programmatic Environmental Assessment)

  • Lack of a launch failure analysis (to include impacts to proposed LNG and crude upgrade refinery operations at the Port of Brownsville)

  • Accountability and illegal operations and conduct

  • Wetland destruction

  • Impacts to the ecology and habitat (e.g. Lower Rio Grande National Wildlife Refuge, South Bay Ecological Preserve, Boca Chica State Park, etc.)

  • Impacts to wildlife some of which are threatened or endangered

  • Adherence to the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)

  • Land Use compatibility

  • Impacts to infrastructure in Port Isabel, Long Island Village, South Padre Island

Draft PEA
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