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Title VI Compliance at TCEQ

Engaging Texans through public participation and language access and to meet Title VI requirements. Information on non-discrimination requirements for participation in programs and processes, how to report concerns, request accommodations, and be involved in decision making.

(Esta página en español./This page in Spanish.)

At the heart of TCEQ’s mission and philosophy is the goal of protecting all Texans while preserving our state’s natural resources in a sustainable economic manner. To accomplish this goal, we strive to ensure that all Texans can participate in TCEQ programs and activities. TCEQ aims to work with communities to provide reasonable access to decision-making processes and a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.

We do not allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or retaliation in the administration of our programs or activities, as required by federal and state laws and regulations.

 

Informal Resolution Agreement (IRA) between TCEQ and EPA – EPA accepted for investigation a complaint against TCEQ (Dec 4, 2019). The complaint alleged discrimination on the basis of national origin against individuals with limited English proficiency in the administration of TCEQ’s permitting and public engagement programs, in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and EPA’s nondiscrimination regulation, at 40 C.F.R. Part 7. During the course of EPA’s investigation, TCEQ agreed to enter into an informal resolution agreement with EPA, which was signed Nov 3, 2020.

  • application/pdfIRA (English)
  • application/pdfIRA (Spanish)
  • application/pdfIRA (Vietnamese)
  • application/pdfIRA (Chinese, Simplified)
  • application/pdfIRA (Chinese, Traditional)

Virtual Stakeholder Meetings – TCEQ’s Amending Alternative Language Public Notice Requirements and Public Participation rulemaking project (pre-rulemaking proposal)

Virtual Public Hearings – TCEQ’s Amending Alternative Language Public Notice Requirements and Public Participation rulemaking project (post-rulemaking proposal)

Virtual Stakeholder Meetings – Meetings about public participation, air quality data, environmental complaints process, how to access TCEQ information relating to public emergencies, how to submit information to TCEQ, and how citizen collected evidence can be used.

Virtual Stakeholder Meeting – Meeting to solicit input from all stakeholders on implementation of the recently adopted Alternative Language Public Participation rule package.Virtual Stakeholder Meetings – Meetings soliciting the public’s input on TCEQ’s Disability Nondiscrimination, Public Participation, and Language Access Plans, which are part of TCEQ’s Informal Resolution Agreement with EPA.

Houston-area Stakeholder Meetings – Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, 2022. Spanish language interpretation will be available at the meetings.

TCEQ held two in-person community meetings in the greater Houston area. These meetings included the following topics:
  • TCEQ’s permitting process and opportunities for public involvement.
  • How to access and interpret air quality data.
  • TCEQ’s environmental complaints process for members of the public, including how to contact TCEQ, what information must be provided, how the agency responds to complaints, and how to follow the status of a complaint after it is made.
  • How to access TCEQ information relating to public emergencies.
  • How the public may submit information to TCEQ.
  • How TCEQ uses evidence collected by the public in enforcement.
The in-person community meetings were held Nov. 1 and 2, 2022. Each meeting included an opportunity to examine TCEQ mobile air quality monitoring equipment, to “Ask an Expert” questions, and to participate in formal presentations on the above topics.

 

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