The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has a range of responsibilities as broad as the state itself, all keyed to various aspects of environmental protection.
This role of environmental oversight is conducted in the agency’s Austin headquarters and in its 16 regional offices. Staff duties cover a wide spectrum, from investigating an odor nuisance complaint in a small Panhandle town to conducting fence-line air quality monitoring at a large petrochemical plant on the Gulf Coast. A typical workday will find employees leading field investigations, evaluating permit applications, organizing and hosting environmental seminars, and evaluating a Superfund site.
This chapter examines some of the major programs under way at the TCEQ to address the agency’s goals of protecting public health and the state’s natural resources.