The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, whose name would make George Orwell blush, voted 2-1 for the extension, turning down a plea for a public hearing. This is depressing but not unexpected news. (After all, the commissioners wereÂ appointed by Rick Perry.) In 2005, we published this investigation into the Midlothian cement plants.Â Â In 2007, we followed-up on Dallas’ worsening air quality. Last December, the Star-Telegram went through data compiled by USA Today and found Midlothian schools among the most dangerous to children’s health in the nation.