"Messing With Texas"
A KXAN investigation caught Texas Department of Transportation workers operating an illegal dumpsite outside Austin. Following a tip, KXAN set up hidden cameras and caught state workers in the act of dumping truckloads of garbage, road waste, dead animals and oil sludge in an unlined pit. The reporting prompted a state environmental investigation, and TxDOT workers admitted the dumping went on for years. TxDOT was cited for violations of waste disposal laws and agreed to excavate 6,000 tons of waste and tainted soil. KXAN also uncovered evidence TxDOT tried to change results of environmental testing of the dump.