Marked Agenda
Commissioners' Work Session (Open Meeting)
Thursday, January 20, 2000
9:00 a.m.
Room 201S, Building E, Park 35, Austin

New Business

This meeting was a joint work session for discussion between Texas Transportation Commissioners of the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commissioners and their respective staff.

  1. Discussion of joint agency coordination of requirements under the Federal Clean Air Act, specifically issues associated with the State Implementation Plan and Transportation Conformity. Jeff Saitas, Executive Director, TNRCC, Alvin R. Luedecke Jr., Transportation Planning and Programming, TxDOT, Tonia Ramirez, Legislative Affairs Office, TxDOT, and Dianna Noble, Environmental, TxDOT presented this issue. Recent actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and several court cases have prompted these two agencies to work more closely together on issues of common concern. Two work activities, which compete for limited staff resources, are the state implementation plan (SIP) and the transportation conformity process. Federal legislation links the two, thus necessitating that the transportation plans established throughout Texas contribute to meeting specific goals for improving air quality. Staff identified several coordinated agency objectives:

    No formal action was taken on this issue by either commission.

  2. Discussion of joint agency coordination of issues associated with recycling. This issue was presented by Tom Weber, Water Quality Planning and Assessment, TNRCC, Kathey Ferland, Pollution Prevention and Industry Assistance, TNRCC, Linda Brookins OEPAA/Technical Analysis Division, TNRCC, Anne Rhyne, Office of Permitting, Remediation and Registration, TNRCC, and Rebecca Davio, General Services Division, TxDOT. Staff presented a collaborative composting project using federal nonpoint source grant funds made available to the state by EPA in accordance with President Clinton's Clean Water Action Plan to facilitate the removal of manure from impacted watersheds. The objective of the project is to build a sustainable market for compost by promoting the use of composted manure on highway rights-of-way and other state government uses. In addition, staff presented a report on scrap tires entitled Progress Report on Using Scrap Tires and Crumb Rubber in Highway Construction Projects and outlined the following four steps TNRCC and TxDOT will undertake in the next year to help expand the potential uses for scrap tires:

    No formal action was taken on this issue by either commission.

  3. Discussion of and planning for possible future joint agendas addressing issues of mutual interest to the two agencies. A decision was made to convene a future joint work session between the two agencies in the June or July time frame. Staff from both agencies will recommend an appropriate date.