Compliance Commitment (C2) Site Visit Program
This site visit program offers free, confidential**, on-site, compliance assessments of facilities that are owned or operated by local governments, independently owned and operated businesses, and independent school districts. Those who successfully participate in the program receive a Compliance Commitment (C2) certificate and can earn up to a two-year exemption from routine investigations.
- How to get a site visit
- Who is eligible for site visits
- Who is not eligible for site visits
- How to earn an exemption from routine inspections
How to get a site visit
- The facility's owner or operator (representative) signs up for a free, confidential**, compliance site visit, during which environmental compliance issues are reviewed using an appropriate checklist.
- The representative receives a written report describing all compliance-related findings and recommendations for achieving compliance with the checklist (possibly including ways to reduce pollution and waste).
- The operator or owner corrects all compliance deficiencies the TCEQ contractor noted.
- The contractor verifies, in a second free visit, that the operator or owner corrected all deficiencies.
Site visits are conducted by an environmental consultant under contract with the TCEQ.
Who is eligible for site visits
To qualify for a site visit, the owner of or operator of the site or facility must:
- Employ a company-wide total of 100 or fewer employees;
- Be operated by a small local government (a county with a population of 100,000 or fewer people; a city with a population of 50,000 or fewer people);
- Be an independent school district (ISD) serving a student population of 100,000 or fewer students;
- Participate in at least one site visit,
- Correct all compliance issues (deficiencies) found during site visits.
- Aggregate Production Operations
- Auto Body Shops
- Automotive Repair
- Auto Salvage Yards
- Concrete Batch Plants
- Dry Cleaners
- Fleet Maintenance
- General Recycling (limited to one site visit)
- Metal Fabricators
- Metal Finishers
- Miscellaneous Manufacturing
- Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) Facilities (limited to one site visit)
- Surface Coating
- Wood Products Industry
Who is not eligible for site visits
Facilities and local governments are not eligible to receive a site visit if they:
- Owe fees and penalties to the TCEQ;
- Have an open Notice of Violation (NOV);
- Have an open Notice of Enforcement (NOE) or an agreed order that has not been signed.
How to earn an exemption from routine inspections
If all compliance issues are corrected, the TCEQ awards the facility or site a certificate from the C2 Program. With a C2 certificate, recipients receive up to a two-year exemption from routine investigations. The facility or site may not be under an active enforcement review by any of the applicable regulatory environmental organizations listed below.
Note: General Recycling and PST systems are not eligible for C2 certificates. Therefore, they will not be covered under the C2 exemption. The TCEQ reserves the right to inspect any and all General Recycling and PST systems.
In addition to the TCEQ, the following programs also recognize the C2 certificate:
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- City of Corpus Christi—Storm Water Department
- City of Dallas—Air Pollution Control
- City of Dallas—Public Works and Transportation
- City of Dallas—Storm Water Management
- City of Fort Worth—Department of Environmental Management
- City of Houston—Bureau of Air Quality Control
- City of Houston—Public Works and Engineering
- City of Pasadena—Public Works and Engineering
- City of Waco—Water Utility Services
- Brazoria County Environmental Health Department
- El Paso, City-County Health and Environmental District
- Fort Bend County Environmental Health Department
- Galveston County Health District
- Harris County Pollution Control Services Division
- Montgomery County Environmental Health Services
Retracting an Exemption
The exemption from routine inspections is void in the event of imminent threat or danger to human health and the environment, catastrophe, formal complaints, inspections required by a permit, or a follow-up on previously cited violations.