TCEQ Scientists Tiffany Bredfeldt, Michael Honeycutt, and L’Oreal Stepney No Longer Employed by the Agency

Posted on February 6, 2023


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From left to right, former TCEQ officials Tiffany Bredfeldt, Michael Honeycutt, and L’Oreal Stepney

Something you learn about political players when you’ve been a pawn of government for years, as I’ve been, is that integrity is more often a posture they assume than a principle they honor.

I don’t know much about the character of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, but an article caught my attention last week that made me wonder if he might be among the exceptions. The piece was about administrative reshuffling.

This piqued my curiosity because I was persecuted through law enforcement and the courts for over 12 years by a woman who was a Texas state official for the majority of that time.  The agency where she worked, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), banned me from its premises. How I know this, despite never having stepped foot in Texas in my life, is because one of the TCEQ’s directors, a man I had never met, testified against me in 2013 to have me unlawfully deprived of my First Amendment rights. That was two years after another of its directors gave a press conference firmly asserting that the TCEQ was opposed to censorship. It took the intervention of constitutional rockstar Eugene Volokh to conditionally recover my freedom to speak about these matters at all.

This is the kind of bureaucratic madness that will drive a person to eat his own hair, and I’ve written a lot about it since 2018:

Well, this is to report that senior TCEQ toxicologist Tiffany Bredfeldt, my accuser, is no longer on the Texas state payroll.

Her boss, TCEQ Toxicology Director Michael Honeycutt, the guy who testified against me from his office in Texas (where he may have had his feet propped on his desk), is also gone.

Documents conflict, but the agency executive I’ve criticized for making pat pronouncements that didn’t correspond with practice, L’Oreal Stepney, appears to have been removed from the agency, too.


I’m hardly vain enough to believe that I occasioned a purge, but it’s enough of a coincidence to encourage me to think someone in the upper echelons actually attended to something I’ve written and took it to heart.

All of what I’ve just mentioned is below the radar, of course. Tiffany Bredfeldt’s Researchgate profile still identifies her as an employee of the TCEQ. But The Texas Tribune, which reports state employees’ salaries, says otherwise.

Similarly, Mike Honeycutt’s LinkedIn profile says he’s still the TCEQ’s Tox Director, and there’s no agency tweet wishing him a fond farewell. But a TCEQ blog entry announcing his replacement, Sabine Lange, notes Honeycutt’s “retirement.” And The Texas Tribune reports that like Bredfeldt he’s no longer drawing a paycheck. More worthy of applause to me is that Mrs. Lange seems to be an honest-to-god human being and not an industry panderer, and a political appointee with a soul merits a nod.

The Tribune reports that L’Oreal Stepney is still the deputy executive director of the TCEQ but according to a TCEQ organization chart dated January 9, 2023, she has been replaced by Brent Wade.

A notice out of the governor’s office says Stepney, whom I’ve come to think of as Stoop-kneel, has been placed on some kind of water board…which is what I feel like I’ve been on for about a third of my life, thanks in no small part to derelictions from every person I turned to for help or understanding.

I don’t know Gregory Abbott but like him I was nearly killed in a fluke accident in my mid-20s. I wasn’t paralyzed as he was, but I have two reconstructed limbs and like him I know what recovery from extreme debility teaches, namely, that without a measure of security and freedom life loses a lot of its luster.

Greg Abbott was a lawyer and a judge, and I think he knows that laws aren’t always applied righteously and that courts’ investment in protecting litigants’ sacred entitlements to life and liberty can be indifferent at best.

I’d like to believe that these facts may have been influential in motivating a regime change at the TCEQ. I haven’t received a gubernatorial apology, however, so as far as Gov. Greg Abbott’s spirit animal goes…the jury’s still out.

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