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Announcements for Title V Operating Permits

Announcements of meetings, regulatory changes, and other significant information from the Air Permits Division. List includes all announcements for approximately the last year.

 

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October 22, 2014: Expedited permitting rulemaking

New sections 101.600-602 of 30 TAC Chapter 101, General Air Quality Rules were adopted, implementing Senate Bill 1756, 83rd Legislature, 2013, Regular Session, providing TCEQ with the authority to accept a surcharge from the applicant to cover the expenses incurred by expediting the processing of an application. Rules adopted by the commission to implement expedited air permitting in Texas will be effective on November 13, 2014.

The complete rule package is currently available on the Pending Rule Adoptions website.

If you have questions about expediting an air permit in Texas, please call the Air Permits Division main phone line at (512)239-1250. TCEQ staff is working to ensure detailed guidance is available by November 10th on the TCEQ website.

June 25, 2013: House Bill (HB) 788 authorizes TCEQ Permitting of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

HB 788, 83rd Legislature, became law on June 14, 2013. This legislation gives Texas the authority to develop rules to authorize major sources of GHG emissions to the extent required by federal law. Texas is currently subject to a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP), which means that major sources of GHG emissions are required to obtain a GHG permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In order to implement HB 788, several chapters in the Texas Administrative Code relating to air permitting and public notice will need to be amended. After the necessary rule changes are adopted by the TCEQ, they must be approved by EPA as part of the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) before TCEQ can begin reviewing applications and issuing permits for GHG emissions.

EPA will remain the permitting authority for GHG emissions in Texas until rulemaking is completed, EPA approves the SIP and then withdraws the FIP. TCEQ will be coordinating with EPA regarding the transition period for accepting and processing GHG applications, and will make that information available as it develops. If you have any questions about the permitting of GHG emissions by TCEQ, please contact Tasha Burns, Air Permits Division, at (512) 239-5868.

To get the latest information from TCEQ about GHG permitting, sign up for the email group "Greenhouse Gas: Announcements." TCEQ will use this email group to provide information on topics related to GHG including: rulemaking, permitting, policies, guidance, compliance information, and other announcements.