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Environmental Crime

The TCEQ provides technical support and criminal investigative expertise in multi-agency investigations. We also serve as a resource for and provide training to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers on criminal environmental violations. Our goals are to increase recognition of environmental crime as a threat to public safety and to encourage and support enforcement of environmental statutes at the local level.

The following resources are available.

Officer Training

If you are a Texas peace officer currently involved in the investigation of environmental crimes or an officer who represents a department that is interested in developing an environmental crimes program, we periodically offer a 24-hour TCLEOSE certified training course.

The goals of the Criminal Environmental Law Training Conference:

  • increase your awareness of environmental crimes in Texas;
  • strengthen your ability to interpret and apply environmental statutes;
  • enhance your skills in the use of safe, innovative enforcement and investigative techniques; and
  • establish partnerships between yourself and environmental enforcement officers throughout Texas.

Seminars include explanations of environmental laws and investigation techniques, plus re-enactments of significant Texas environmental crimes.

For more information about training opportunities, please contact:

Environmental Crimes Unit, MC 175
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, Texas 78711-3087
Telephone: 512/239-3405
Fax: 512/239-3434

Resources for Peace Officers

Topics Under this Category

Enforcement Initiation Criteria (EIC)
Criteria used by TCEQ inspectors for air, water, and waste violations.
Enforcement Policies and Procedures
Policies on penalties, notices of violation, findings orders, investigating nuisance odors.
Field Citation Program
The field citation is intended to promote a quick resolution for any of the field citation-eligible violations documented during a TCEQ investigation, while offering a reduced penalty.
Gathering and Preserving Information and Evidence Showing a Violation
Information about most agency protocols, procedures, or guidelines to use when collecting and submitting information or evidence to the TCEQ.
Revocation of PST Delivery Certificate in Case of Default
Explains the agency's policy of revoking a PST delivery certificate if a respondent defaults in a PST enforcement case.