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2021-2022 Sunset Advisory Commission Review of TCEQ

TCEQ is one of several state agencies currently under Sunset Review according to the schedule set up by the Texas Legislature.

TCEQ Sunset Self-Evaluation Report

The agency has completed and submitted its self-evaluation report to the Sunset Commission.

Sunset Advisory Commission Invites Public Input on TCEQ

The Sunset Advisory Commission is reviewing the mission and performance of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and welcomes public comments on whether the agency is still needed and ideas to improve its operations and services. The Texas Sunset Act requires the Sunset Commission to periodically review TCEQ and recommend whether to continue the agency and change state law to improve the agency’s efficiency and effectiveness. The Legislature ultimately will decide whether to continue TCEQ and adopt Sunset’s other statutory recommendations. The Sunset Commission also may adopt management directives for TCEQ that do not require statutory change.

The Sunset process has three stages. First, Sunset staff will evaluate TCEQ, seek public input, and issue a report recommending solutions to problems found. Second, the Sunset Commission will hold two public meetings: a hearing on the staff report and the agency, and a decision meeting to adopt recommendations to the Legislature based on the report and public comments. Third, the Legislature will convene in January 2023 and will consider Sunset’s statutory recommendations in a Sunset bill for TCEQ.

Here are several ways to provide comments and suggestions to Sunset staff on TCEQ’s mission, operations, and services:

  • Send an email to sunset@sunset.texas.gov
  • Submit comments online at www.sunset.texas.govExit the TCEQ
  • Send a letter to Sunset Advisory Commission, Attn: TCEQ, P.O. Box 13066, Austin, Texas 78711
  • Call 512-463-1300 to speak to Robert Romig, project manager of the TCEQ review

Please provide your comments by Feb. 1, 2022 to ensure Sunset staff can fully consider your input while conducting their review. Comments submitted before the staff report is published in May 2022 will remain confidential.

Stay informed! Visit www.sunset.texas.govExit the TCEQ to sign up for email alerts on the Sunset staff report and the Sunset Commission’s public meetings on TCEQ.