Texas lawmakers increased the daily cap for pollution penalties from $10,000 to $25,000 in late 2011, but the debate continues over whether that amount is enough to compel businesses to comply with environmental regulations. "If you're only fining that company $10,000 a day, or even $25,000 a day, for a huge pollution event, that's not really commensurate with the harm that's being done," said Larry Soward, a former member of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality who wants to see the maximum daily fine raised much higher.

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