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State of Texas
Texas Attorney General's Office
News Release
Friday, October 20, 2017

AG Paxton Opens Investigation into Several Debris Removal Companies 
in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

AUSTIN – In connection with Rebuild Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton opened an investigation into a number of debris removal companies. Spurred by a referral from Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp, the investigation is examining agreements between companies and local governments relating to professional debris removal efforts in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

“I have asked General Paxton to open an investigation into some debris hauler’s activities in the wake of Hurricane Harvey,” said Chancellor Sharp, who leads the governor’s Rebuild Texas initiative. “While some haulers have done a remarkable job, I have serious concerns about others’ activities that I have relayed to General Paxton. It’s time to find out why some are moving too slowly, and why some are refusing help that would remove debris faster.”

“Debris removal companies may be overpromising and under-delivering,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texans are working hard to clean up after Hurricane Harvey and these companies should do the same. They cannot sign contracts with local governments, and then change the price or not deliver services.”

Attorney General Paxton’s office is examining the representations made regarding these debris removal efforts and whether the companies at issue are fulfilling their performance obligations.  Local governments impacted by these practices are encouraged to contact the Texas Attorney General’s office and report their experiences.

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