The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will meet on November 14, 2018, in order to consider various agenda items regarding the state of the environment in Texas. The agenda items include administrative penalties for air quality violations and drinking water violations in Galveston County and Fort Bend County as well as the consideration of the recertification of the Houston-Galveston Area Emission Reduction Credit Organization for another 12-year term. The entire TCEQ meeting agenda for November 14, 2018 can be viewed at tceq.texas.gov.
The various committees within the Texas Senate and House of Representatives are charged with interim duties that they must address between the biennial regular legislative sessions. The 85th Texas Legislature assigned the following interim charges to multiple committees concerning the environment in the state of Texas. This year, many of these interim charges concern the response to natural disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey, in order to better prepare the state for future natural disasters. Other notable interim charges include studying the effects of declining migratory species, identifying methods for the early detection of invasive organisms, evaluating the flood risk in unincorporated rural and suburban areas, examining how emergency alert systems related to hazardous releases are organized, and reviewing local and state zoning and land use regulations. The entire list of the interim committee charges for the Texas House of Representatives can be found at www.house.texas.gov, and for the Texas Senate at www.ltgov.state.tx.us (Round 1, Round 2, issued October 2017).
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will meet on October 31, 2018 in order to consider various agenda items regarding the state of the environment in Texas. The TCEQ also met on October 3 and October 17 and the agenda items from those meetings will also be listed below. The agenda items from these three meetings include multiple penalties against various organizations for violating Texas codes and environmental regulations as well as the rules of the TCEQ. The agenda items also include a request by the San Jacinto River Authority for a water use permit, a resolution to extend the Irrigator Advisory Council, and the consideration of the Draft 2016 Texas Integrated Report as part of the federal Clean Water Act.